The Constitution of the United States is often referred to as a “living document.” The Constitution itself hasn’t been amended in over twenty years, but interpretations of it have changed during that time. Think of this list, and all the fantasy lists we’ve posted this offseason in the same way. Players can get traded, players can get injured, player evaluations can ebb slightly or transform entirely. For those reasons, the player rankings below do not exactly align with the positional lists. And, like the prior lists, the top 25 is only for 2014 fantasy purposes.
Matt Davidson’s been traded. Taijuan Walker’s shoulder is sore right now. Joe Mauer became a full-time first baseman. Even though the rules of baseball have been essentially the same for over a hundred years, change is the nature of the sport. This year managers will challenge calls for the first time, MLBAM will roll out the most advanced play analysis system in history, and the Rays will use a shift no one’s ever seen before. There are changes every year and we should embrace them. Baseball is living and adapting and thriving, and it’s almost time for them to start playing games that count again. Get excited.