MLB Power Rankings: 5 major changes thanks to free agency and trades

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ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 08: Jacob deGrom #48 of the Texas Rangers addresses the media at an introductory press conference at Globe Life Field on December 8, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ben Ludeman/Texas Rangers/Getty Images) /

5) MLB Power Rankings: 3 teams we can expect to move up with free agent additions

The Texas Rangers made a big jump in the MLB Power Rankings this offseason with additions of Jacob deGrom and Andrew Heaney to the rotation plus the return of Martin Perez. They’d be just outside of the top 12 at maybe 15 or 16. One more free agent signing to help the bullpen or the offense can push them much closer to a coveted spot within playoff-range.

Silent thus far outside of a more minimal signing of Mike Clevinger, the Chicago White Sox have potential. They haven’t made their addition to replace Jose Abreu. It is necessary for them to find some bat to accomplish this. Something on the lines of Andrew Benintendi would be big for them. Even the addition of Michael Conforto helps them in the MLB Power Rankings. They just need to do something and not relax as they did last offseason.

Finally, let’s consider the Los Angeles Dodgers a little further. They only have one more spot they can jump up. This already powerful ball club rests in second-place behind the Houston Astros in the MLB Power Rankings. Their failure to win a single playoff series after such an awesome regular season definitely dampers their spot.

Losing several key free agents and not adding in a major way yet continues to keep them behind Houston. The longer they stay quiet, the more we should be afraid of what they may do. Short of the New York Yankees adding Carlos Correa and Carlos Rodon, nobody is catching the Astros except for the Dodgers.

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