With Spring Training finally upon us, it’s time to start taking a look at how each team has set themselves up for 2015. Many teams made significant additions, while others took big hits, and still others did almost nothing. In this article, we’ll be looking at which teams are set up for the most success, and others that aren’t so much so. Welcome to the first MLB Power Rankings of 2015!
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30. Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies have been bad the last few years. That’s a fact that is not likely to change in 2015. Ryan Howard is on a steep decline and doesn’t look to be getting any better, Domonic Brown has flashed potential in the last couple of years, but he has only batted above .270 once, and that was back in 2013 when Brown was an All-Star and hit 27 homers. Of course there’s always Chase Utley, but as the only force in a weak lineup, it isn’t hard for pitchers to pitch around the veteran second baseman. The Phillies know they are in a bad spot, and they know that the 2015 season isn’t going to be good, which is why Cole Hamels has been on the block all offseason. The Philies badly need to re-tool the whole team. Expect to continue hearing the rumors around Hamels, as well as the normal murmurs around Howard and Cliff Lee, as the Phillies will be looking to re-stock their farm system while having an eye on the future.