Way too early MLB power rankings: Cubs have a lot to prove early on

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MLB Power Rankings: Love them, hate them - the Astros don't care

  • 4: New York Yankees
  • 3: Los Angeles Dodgers
  • 2: New York Mets
  • 1: Houston Astros

Our final four starts with the New York Yankees and reigning AL MVP Aaron Judge, who blasted 62 home runs last year, setting a new American League record. The Bronx Bombers then went out and brought in one of the top free agent arms available, Carlos Rodon, and have their eyes set on returning to the Fall Classic for the first time since 2009.

The Dodgers are, well, the Dodgers - but they didn't add the flashy names we've grown to accustomed to in recent years. But don't worry, they're almost certainly going to be all-in on Shohei Ohtani next offseason, hence the relatively quiet offseason. Even without a superstar addition, they're a team built for a deep October run.

In the number two spot, the New York Mets check in. A failed Correa pursuit stole headlines, but shouldn't distract from a very successful offseason in Qeens. Adding 2022 AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander and Kodai Senga to the rotation alongside Max Scherzer, extending Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil and locking up Edwin Diaz would be a great three-year stretch - and the Mets did it all in the last four months.

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But you've got to give the top spot to the kings of the game right now, the Astros, who won it all last year and had an impactful winter themselves, despite losing Verlander. Jose Abreu got a three-year deal from Houston and young cornerstone Jeremy Pena is ready to continue his ascent into baseball elite.