MLB Power Rankings 2024: Best Teams, Spring Training

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Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr., left, celebrates beside Houston Astros' Mauricio Dubon (14) after hitting a double in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 23, 2023, in Atlanta.
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Shane Jackson @Sjacksonmgm Feb 26, 2024, 11:51 AM
  • The Atlanta Braves start the 2024 season at the top of the MLB power rankings.
  • Despite being No. 2 on this list, the Los Angeles Dodgers are betting favorites to win the World Series.
  • After winning it all last year, the Texas Rangers are No. 7 in these initial rankings.

Spring training has arrived, and it won’t be much longer until there are meaningful baseball games to watch and bet on. The Texas Rangers are finally off the list of MLB teams never to win a World Series after last year’s magical playoff run, proving that teams just need to make the dance to have a chance at winning a championship.

But these initial power rankings assess where teams stand heading into the 2024 regular season, which is why the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles begin atop this list and the latest World Series odds.

MLB Power Rankings 2024

RANKTEAMFINAL 2023 RANK
1Braves5
2Dodgers6
3Astros4
4Yankees18
5Orioles8
6Phillies3
7Rangers1
8Diamondbacks2
9Blue Jays10
10Rays9
11Mariners13
12Twins7
13Cardinals24
14Padres17
15Cubs14
16Red Sox19
17Brewers11
18Giants16
19Reds15
20Mets23
21Marlins12
22Guardians20
23Tigers22
24Pirates21
25Angels26
26Royals29
27Nationals25
28White Sox28
29Rockies27
30Athletics30

1. Atlanta Braves, +550 to win World Series

For as much attention as the Dodgers have garnered this offseason, the Braves led the league with 104 wins last year.

All their best players are in their prime, as this team has plenty of depth in the lineup and rotation.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers, +360

Shohei Ohtani won’t be able to pitch this season, but he joins a stacked lineup with Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman at the top.

Los Angeles will look to win 100-plus games for the fifth consecutive campaign, not counting the COVID-shortened season in 2020.

3. Houston Astros, +850

While the Rangers won last year’s World Series, it’s important to remember the Astros won the AL West for the sixth time in seven seasons.

The Astros signed Josh Hader to anchor the bullpen to shore up one of the few weaknesses on a potent roster.

4. New York Yankees, +800

New York finished fourth in the AL East last year, but the team hopes adding Juan Soto and better health will lead to an extensive bounce-back campaign to boost its baseball playoff odds.

A lineup of Soto and Aaron Judge certainly offers plenty of firepower.

5. Baltimore Orioles, +1300

Baltimore landed its ace after acquiring Corbin Burnes for a reasonable trade package. That could help a talented young roster reach its full potential after a 101-win squad was eliminated in the ALDS a season ago.

6. Philadelphia Phillies, +1400

The Phillies were one win away from a second straight trip to the World Series, proving this team can turn it on when the lights are brightest.

Philadelphia will have to do it again from the wild-card spot, as Atlanta will unlikely relinquish its throne in the NL East.

7. Texas Rangers, +1100

The defending champs deserve some respect in these initial rankings, but don’t be surprised if this team starts slowly.

If the pitching staff can stay afloat, reinforcements are coming later in the summer in the form of Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom. A repeat is definitely on the table.

8. Arizona Diamondbacks, +3500

This fun young ballclub messed around and made it to the World Series last year before losing to the Rangers.

The Diamondbacks are unlikely to usurp the Dodgers in the NL West, but Corbin Carroll and Co. can undoubtedly build off a successful campaign.

9. Toronto Blue Jays, +2000

Despite three postseason berths in the last four years, the Blue Jays don’t have a playoff win to show for it.

This team is too talented for that streak to continue and is worth buying as a potential post-hype sleeper this summer.

10. Tampa Bay Rays, +3500

This might be a high ranking for a team losing its best player from last year, as shortstop Wander Franco remains out of the picture while facing possible criminal charges.

But it’s difficult to count out a Tampa Bay team coming off five straight playoff appearances.

11. Seattle Mariners, +2000

Jerry Dipoto, Mariners’ president of baseball operations, is no stranger to making moves, and he certainly pulled off several deals this offseason.

The result is a formidable roster on paper that could be good enough to return to the postseason after coming up short during an 88-74 campaign last year.

12. Minnesota Twins, +2500

The AL Central stinks. Minnesota is already a minus-odds favorite to win the division again.

13. St. Louis Cardinals, +3000

It took a perfect storm of badness for the Cardinals to have their worst season in quite some time. They will bounce back from a 91-loss season.

14. San Diego Padres, +4000

San Diego fell short of preseason expectations a season ago, but some of that was unlucky due to a 9-23 record in one-run games.

15. Chicago Cubs, +3000

Cody Bellinger is back. Craig Counsell is the team’s new manager. The Cubs are coming.

16. Boston Red Sox, +5000

If only Boston played in any other division. The Red Sox are +1800 to win the American League but are fifth in AL East odds at +1300.

17. Milwaukee Brewers, +10000

In addition to losing Counsell, the Brewers no longer have Burnes at the top of their rotation.

18. San Francisco Giants, +5000

San Francisco came up short on many of the most significant offseason acquisitions, but this remains a prime spot for at least one of the remaining top free agents.

19. Cincinnati Reds, +4000

Elly De La Cruz became one of the best shows in the sport during an electric rookie campaign, but the Reds have plenty of promising young talent.

20. New York Mets, +3500

Despite having one of the highest payrolls in the league, the Mets are a below-average squad that took a hit with Kodai Senga’s injury.

21. Miami Marlins, +6600

Miami notched a postseason berth and went 84-78 last year, though its Pythagorean record of 75-87 suggests regression is coming.

22. Cleveland Guardians, +6600

Former catcher Stephen Vogt is Cleveland’s new manager, replacing Terry Francona, who won the most games by a skipper in franchise history. Vogt was still a player as recently as 2022.

23. Detroit Tigers, +6600

It’s been a decade since the Tigers made the postseason when they were considered the AL Central heavyweights.

24. Pittsburgh Pirates, +12500

The NL Central should be one of the best division races this year, and Pittsburgh’s young team figures to be in the mix. Oneil Cruz, a 6-foot-7 shortstop, will be a crucial factor after he was limited to just nine games last year.

25. Los Angeles Angels, +15000

With Ohtani now playing for the other team in Los Angeles, the Angels have minimal expectations entering 2024. Perhaps that’s where this team can do some damage.

26. Kansas City Royals, +15000

Credit Kansas City for making many offseason additions and extending Bobby Witt Jr. to an 11-year, $288.8 million contract extension. But this team still has a long way to go after losing 106 games last year.

27. Washington Nationals, +25000

Since winning the World Series in 2019, the Nationals have finished fifth in the NL East for the last four seasons.

28. Chicago White Sox, +25000

Starting pitcher Dylan Cease could be traded away, so that the White Sox can turn their attention to a complete rebuild.

29. Colorado Rockies, +50000

Colorado gave up an average of 5.91 runs per game last year, which ranked last in the league. The altitude can only excuse so much.

30. Oakland Athletics, +50000

The Athletics are supposed to move to Las Vegas in 2028, but even that isn’t as certain as it once was. Either way, this year’s team will unlikely have much on-field success.

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Shane Jackson

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Shane Jackson is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM, covering MLB and NBA. After graduating from the University of Kansas, his previous stops include MLB.com, Lawrence Journal-World, Manhattan Mercury, Bet Chicago Sports, WynnBET, and Sportsbook Review.

Shane Jackson is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM, covering MLB and NBA. After graduating from the University of Kansas, his previous stops include MLB.com, Lawrence Journal-World, Manhattan Mercury, Bet Chicago Sports, WynnBET, and Sportsbook Review.