Baseball season is so close, I can just about smell the spring air.
What an amazing winter it has been with some tremendous free-agent signings and player movements, plenty of happenings that surely were not expected as we embarked on the Hot Stove season.
At this point, generally speaking, teams know what their roster is going to look like when they enter spring training. Fans get to pound their chests at their respective team's acquisitions and another year of smack talk begins.
Is that not part of what makes this game great?
For fun, I sat down and took a look at the five teams regarded as the American League powerhouses going into the 2012 season—Anaheim Angels, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers—and decided to rank each position by using only those teams.
I decided to rank each player on the roster in order of which I would personally "take" them if I were putting a team together. My own mock draft, so to speak.
This system is purely for fun with some minor placement decided by statistics, but more so the rankings I gave each player came from who I, as a fan of the game, would want in that given position.
I gave each team a score of one through five. One being a top choice, five obviously being my last choice. I then scored each team. Every "one" achieved in my rankings earned the teams five points where every "five" earned the team one point, and so on.
Before I give you my final rankings, here is a look at how I ranked each player. Let the debates ensue.