Every MLB team approaches building its roster in a different way. Large-market teams can offer contracts in free agency to help them put together a contender. Small-market teams, on the other hand, must rely on smart investments and homegrown talent.
As a result, some teams are set up more for future success than others. While some teams go for a quick fix and use their young talent as a way to trade for veterans, others stockpile prospects to make a run at sustainable contention.
With that in mind, here is a look at where the 30 MLB teams rank as far as their chances at future success are concerned.
To put this together, I first examined what the team's current core of players looks like. I considered core players to be big leaguers who are key contributors now and will likely remain key contributors three years from now and beyond.
Next, I looked at the team's farm system and made note of what prospects profile not just as contributors, but as impact big-league players.
Finally, I looked at the team's long-term commitments as of now, noting anyone that was signed beyond the 2014 season.
With all of that taken into account, here is a look at where all 30 teams rank for future success.
*Note: Contract information taken from Cot's Baseball Contracts and include buyout totals on player options.