Now that all of the free-agent signings and major trades have gone down and teams have started cutting down their rosters to resemble those that will take the field on Opening Day, all we can do is look forward. Which major free-agent acquisitions will lead their teams to the promised land, and which ones will fall flat on their faces?
As teams work out in spring training, they paint an interesting picture. In the Cactus League, the San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals lead the way, but will any of those teams remain when the field is narrowed to eight in October? Down in Florida, the Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals lead the way, but how many will be bound for postseason glory?
The following power rankings should give us a good idea of each teams' chances, as I'll list the best teams in baseball, in order. In order to understand the ranking, it's important to understand how each team was evaluated. The first thing I considered was the strength of each team "on paper." Looking at their lineups, benches, rotations and bullpens, which team has the best chance to win the World Series?
There are also a number of variables that must be taken into consideration as well. For example, injuries could play a part. Where will the Cardinals land without the pitching of Adam Wainwright? I'll also take a look at a few minor details, like divisional strength and personnel changes.
So with that in mind, let's get to ranking!