Power Rankings: Nationals take top spot ahead of spring training

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Friday February 13th, 2015

It's the start of a brand new baseball season, and that means it's time for the return of SI.com's MLB Power Rankings. With spring training slated to begin next week, it's time to see how each team stacks up before pitchers and catchers report to camps in Arizona and Florida, respectively.

Not surprisingly, the Washington Nationals are No. 1. Last year's National League East champions snagged the top free agent of the offseason in starting pitcher Max Scherzer and boast arguably the best rotation in baseball (Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, etc.) to go with a deep and imposing lineup (Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, et al). That was enough to hold off the Dodgers, who remade their front office (most notably, bringing in Andrew Friedman as president of baseball operations) and roster (adding second baseman Howie Kendrick and shortstop Jimmy Rollins, among others) in yet another offseason trading and spending spree and are second in the rankings. The Cardinals, Mariners and Angels round out the top five, with three of the winter's busiest and most improved teams — the Blue Jays, Red Sox and Padres — nipping at their heels.

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Things are crowded at the bottom of the rankings as well, with three teams — the Rockies, Phillies and Diamondbacks — all within one point of last place. Ultimately, it was Arizona ending up at No. 30. The D-backs had the worst record in the majors last year at 64-98, and new manager Chip Hale and general manager Dave Stewart will need to get the club out of the cellar it occupied for so much of 2014.

A quick reminder of how our Power Rankings work: Our panel of MLB experts is asked to submit a ranking for all 30 teams. A first-place vote is worth 30 points, a second-place vote 29, and so on all the way down to one point for a last-place vote. Those points are then added up to determine how the teams rank.

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1
1Washington Nationals

Low Vote: 2nd (2x)

2
2Los Angeles Dodgers

Low Vote: 2nd (5x)

3
3St. Louis Cardinals

Low Vote: 6th

4
4Seattle Mariners

Low Vote: 8th

5
5Los Angeles Angels

Low Vote: 11th

6
6Detroit Tigers

Low Vote: 14th

7
7Toronto Blue Jays

Low Vote: 11th (2x)

8
8Boston Red Sox

Low Vote: 18th

9
9San Diego Padres

Low Vote: 19th

10
10Pittsburgh Pirates

Low Vote: 15th

11
11San Francisco Giants

Low Vote: 19th

12
12Cleveland Indians

Low Vote: 18th

13
13Baltimore Orioles

Low Vote: 20th (2x)

14
14Oakland Athletics

Low Vote: 20th

15
15Chicago White Sox

Low Vote: 18th (2x)

16
16Miami Marlins

Low Vote: 22nd

17
17Chicago Cubs

Low Vote: 22nd

18
18New York Yankees

Low Vote: 21st (2x)

19
19Kansas City Royals

Low Vote: 23rd

20
20New York Mets

Low Vote: 22nd

21
21Tampa Bay Rays

Low Vote: 24th

22
22Texas Rangers

Low Vote: 28th

23
23Milwaukee Brewers

Low Vote: 25th

24
24Houston Astros

Low Vote: 27th

25
25Cincinnati Reds

Low Vote: 25th

26
26Atlanta Braves

Low Vote: 30th

27
27Minnesota Twins

Low Vote: 29th

28
28Philadelphia Phillies

Low Vote: 30th (3x)

29
29Colorado Rockies

Low Vote: 30th

30
30Arizona Diamondbacks

Low Vote: 30th (2x)

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