Detroit Tigers Rank Highly in MCB’s First Power Rankings of 2017
#2 Los Angeles Dodgers
2016 Run Differential: +87
Best Offseason Move: Keeping the Team Intact
Worst Offseason Move: Trading Jose De Leon
It could have been a very different offseason for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
With Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner and Rich Hill all on the free agent market, the National League West club could have lost the team’s closer, star third baseman and second-best starting pitcher.
However, all three returned to Los Angeles, and now the Dodgers look poised to make another run at the ever-elusive World Series title.
With Logan Forsythe joining the likes of Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, Adrian Gonzalez and Turner in Southern California, Los Angeles could very well make a deep October run.
What is perhaps most frightening about the Dodgers is that they could potentially call up impact prospects Cody Bellinger, Alex Verdugo and Willie Calhoun at some point this season.
None of the trio will likely have the same impact as Seager, but there is significant upside in Los Angeles’ farm system.
Speaking of players with significant upside, the Dodgers could benefit from more starts from Julio Urias. The talented left-hander posted a 3.39 ERA and a 3.17 FIP in 77 innings for the club.
He could very well make a similar impact in 2017 with more innings.