10 Best Crafted Teams in Major League Baseball

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10 Best Crafted Teams in Major League Baseball
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Washington Nationals rising stars Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg.

Major League Baseball may not have a salary cap, but that does not make it easy for teams to craft a competitive team. Just like in the NFL, NBA and NHL, MLB general managers must smartly combine the draft, trades and the free-agent market to construct a team capable of competing for the playoffs.

Some teams attempt to outslug the competition. Others try the more fundamental—and generally less expensive—approach of using strong pitching and defense to win games. 

The following 10 teams, however, do the best job of fielding balanced lineups and solid pitching staffs. It is no surprise, then, that the most well constructed teams in MLB are also the ones most likely to contend for the World Series next fall.

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