Last month Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe posted an article listing his winter standings ranking the 30 teams after their moves. Today Jon Heyman released a similar winter standings list. Out of sheer curiosity I decided to list their rankings side by side and see what matches up.
For what it’s worth they agree on 3 teams as far as rankings go. The Angels at #1 the Dodgers at #18 and the Twins at #25. Cafardo ranks the Mets 27th while Heyman pulls no punches and ranks them at 30. Here is what each of them had to say about the Mets.
They lost their most exciting player (Reyes) and their best hitter (Beltran), so established players like David Wright and Jason Bay have to bounce back. They dealt Pagan to the Giants for outfielder Andres Torres, and added bullpen pieces in Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch, and Ramon Ramirez. Johan Santana returns from a major shoulder injury, but what are you getting?
They lost the heart of the team (though an of-injured one), and Andres Torres wouldn’t be my first choice to replace the dynamic Reyes. Actually, Pagan would have been better. But that’s nitpicky. Let’s face it, no one that cuts an unprecedented $50 million can do well.
Here is a side by side comparison of their rankings.