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Rays top New Year's Power Rankings

Updated: January 1, 2012, 10:48 AM ET
By Buster Olney

Prince Fielder remains unsigned, and if he landed with the Washington Nationals or Texas Rangers, there would immediately be a shift in the baseball landscape. Ryan Madson would boost any team that lands him. The Detroit Tigers, among other teams, are having talks about Matt Garza.

So there are still big moves to come before the start of spring training.

But we start off the new year with our Top 10 Power Rankings, based on what we know today:

(Editor's note: Buster Olney also ranked the best rotations, bullpens, infields, outfields and lineups in MLB.)


1. Tampa Bay Rays

There's a lot that the Rays don't know about their 2012 lineup -- the identity of the first baseman, for example, or the designated hitter. They could use another catcher. But here's what the Rays do know: Barring injury, they will throw out a starting pitcher capable of dominance on most days. Dominance.

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