There’s less than two months remaining in the regular season, but the playoff races in both leagues are anything but decided.
However, because we focus more on the future of baseball rather than the present here at Prospect Pipeline, we thought we’d explore how all 30 teams might fare three years from now in 2017.
We looked at the following criteria in order to appropriately rank each team:
Current Contracts: Players signed through 2017, including those with options for that year and beyond.
Upcoming Free Agents: Players who will become free agents before the 2017 season.
Upcoming Arbitration-Eligible Players: Players under team control through 2017 who will enter their first year of arbitration; MLB players only.
Notable 2014 Rookies: Rookies who have debuted and contributed in the major leagues this season; first year of arbitration is yet to be established.
Impact Prospects: Prospects who are expected to make an impact before the end of 2017 and would currently rank in the top 100 overall.
Now, it’s important to remember that these rankings do not take into account any future free-agent signings or trades. Instead, we focused on the aspects that are predictable but still have the potential to influence a team's future success.
With all that being said, here is our ranking of where all 30 teams will stand three years from now.
*All contract information courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.