This year's winter meetings featured everything we love as baseball fans—everything except for a blockbuster deal involving high-ceiling prospects, that is.
The Seattle Mariners stole the headlines when they made Robinson Cano, the top free agent in this year's class, the third-highest paid player in baseball history by signing him to a 10-year, $240 million contract.
Meanwhile, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels matched up to complete the biggest trade at the winter meetings. In the three-team deal, the Diamondbacks landed slugger Mark Trumbo from the Angels, with the White Sox receiving center fielder Adam Eaton from Arizona and the Angels getting left-handers Tyler Skaggs (from the Diamondbacks) and Hector Santiago (from the White Sox).
And though the four-day event passed without a top prospect being traded, the rumor that Seattle could offer a prospect package built around right-hander Taijuan Walker to the Rays for 2012 American League Cy Young award winner David Price helped ease the disappointment.
Now that the hot stove has cooled off in the aftermath of the winter meetings, I thought I'd put out an updated farm system ranking for all 30 teams. Keep in mind that the rankings will definitely change before the start of the 2014 season.
My rankings are based on the following criteria for each individual team:
- Potential impact prospects (those that likely will rank in the top 100 prior to the 2014 season)
- Amount of MLB-ready or near MLB-ready talent
- Risk level
- Each system's greatest strength and weakness
- Overall system depth; depth at each individual position
- Age of talent pool
- Each team's presumed needs at the major league level as it relates to its prospects
So, without further ado, here is Prospect Pipeline's updated MLB farm system rankings post-winter meetings.