The offseason has been a wild ride so far with plenty of high-end talent going to big-market teams. The offseason is nowhere near being completed but you can already see some of the projected lineups having a chance to have scary good infields. Out of these three infields, it will be hard to argue which one is the best until play is started in March. In this MLB rankings, let’s look at the best infields for the 2023 MLB season!
3. New York Mets
Steve Cohen has bought multiple pieces to make a juggernaut of a lineup. One through nine the Mets arguably have one of the best rosters in all of MLB. Their infield earned a spot in this MLB rankings and it has a chance to be fun this season with the addition of Carlos Correa. Their starting infield will include Pete Alonso at first, Jeff McNeil at second, Francisco Lindor at short, and Correa at third.
The left side of the infield will be one of the best in baseball with so much playmaking ability coming from Correa and Lindor. Their athleticism with the shift going away next year will help limit balls getting through on the left side. Their offense will also be elite with Alonso"s ability to hit for power, McNeil’s ability to hit for average, and Lindor and Correa being elite at the plate.
What puts them third on this MLB rankings is how the team will click at first. Correa is a new piece with the team, and it may take some time to get situated in New York. Another concern with Correa is what the medicals were that got the Giants so concerned to retract their offer from him. After time to get acclimated the Mets could be the best infield in the league.
2. St. Louis Cardinals
The second spot in this MLB rankings goes to the NL Central, as the Cardinals may have one of the most underrated infields in the league. Last year Paul Goldschmidt won the National League MVP while Nolan Arenado finished third in the voting. To round up the middle infielders Tommy Edman and Brendan Donovan are two of the best defensive middle infielders in the league.
Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado are two of the best players in the major leagues. They arguably carry this team on the offensive side. The two of them combined finished with wins above replace in the high sevens and had 218 runs batted in. Brendan Donavan was a rookie last year and was able to put up solid offensive numbers batting .281 with 45 runs batted in. With his limited playing time, it could mean a big season is still yet to come.
What puts them second on this list is the lack of being able to get far in the postseason. Goldschmidt and Arenado may not have a lot of MVP-caliber seasons left to carry the Cardinals. What gives them hope is the young talent that is in the middle infield that could help them take that next step to be considered a World Series contender.
1. Houston Astros
The Astros infield is the most proven in the whole league, earning them the top spot in this MLB rankings. They are coming off a World Series victory and are looking to go back-to-back. Their infield includes Jose Abreu at first, Jose Altuve at second, Jeremy Pena at short, and Alex Bregman at third. This infield is very talented and has the ability to get even better this upcoming season.
We all know what Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman can do on this team. Jeremy Pena is going to be special on this team coming off World Series MVP honors. He will only get better as he gets more comfortable in the major leagues. Jose Abreu adds another level to this Astros team with his power ability. He is a definite upgrade over Yuli Gurriell on the defensive side as well.
The only fear for this Astros infield is the age of the infielders. Altuve and Abreu are getting up there in age with Altuve being 32 and Abreu being 35. Injuries are always a concern as players get older with Bregman and Altuve showing their age last season with multiple injured list stints. As long as they stay healthy the Astros infield could be the best infield we have seen in a very long time.
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