A case can be made that the Royals' Alex Gordon, Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain form the best defensive outfield in Major League history. Factoring in offense, the world of analytics narrowly favors Kansas City's outfield over those of the Angels and Marlins.
Using WAR available at FanGraphs, I calculated the top 10 outfields in MLB -- three starters and one backup -- based on 2014 performance. The Royals' four outfielders -- with Alex Rios replacing Nori Aoki for 2015 -- had a combined 14.8 WAR last year, which would give them the top outfield in MLB. Completing the top 10 outfields, with one reserve included, are the Angels (14.6), Marlins (14.5), Orioles (13.6), Cardinals (13.0), Pirates (12.8), Giants (10.9), Dodgers (10.5), Tigers (9.8) and Nationals (9.3).
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.