MLB Power Rankings: A Single Phrase To Describe All 30 Teams' Offseason Plans

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MLB Power Rankings: A Single Phrase To Describe All 30 Teams' Offseason Plans
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Theo Epstein is not a reductive thinker. He does not oversimplify. He considers courses carefully and looks first at the long term when making decisions. That's crucial to his new role as president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs, Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates are teams undergoing complex processes of prolonged building. Player-development systems do not return the same sort of immediate return as do free-agent signings, and it takes a big-picture thinker to make them work.

Fans, though, don't take the same sort of solace that Epstein finds in complexity and process. Brevity lends clarity. It's as true today as it was when Yogi Berra was at the height of his aphoristic power.

From Chicago to Houston, from Washington to San Diego, fans of the game want to be able to wrap their heads around the plans their teams have for the offseason to come.

Here are power rankings of all 30 teams heading into the winter, along with a single phrase that describes each club's approach to this period of movement and progress.

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