This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.
As we hopefully move closer to a new season, here is how I rank every MLB club.
I am writing and filing this on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, for Monday publishing, Four days before the MLB Basic Agreement expires. I have no idea if things will change by Monday. Free agent signings are starting to trickle in. The Basic Agreement expires December 1, and now we wait.
Obviously, roster moves in the offseason will impact these rankings. However, as we head to the heart of "Hot Stove" time, here is where I think every team ranks.
No. 30: Pittsburgh Pirates
I still see little current improvement for the club. However, I have seen some organizational improvement, with hope coming in an improved farm system. They will likely not prosper until ownership changes. Keep an eye on what they do with Bryan Reynolds. Do they trade him?
No. 29: Texas Rangers
There will be some hope if they can sign shortstop Trevor Story or another of the top shortstop free agents. Even with a shortstop upgrade, they're an abysmal franchise. They look to spend money this winter, but will they make good decisions? They can't hit and they can't pitch. Other than that, they have a nice stadium. Keep an eye on Leody Taveras.
No 28: Arizona Diamondbacks
I have no idea how they get out of the hole they dug with bad decisions the past two years. However, Ketel Marte is still on the club. If they trade