Taking a look at the National League.
NATIONALS: Sputtered under the spotlight in 2013, but they have NL's best rotation, though key acquisition Doug Fister could miss the first month with a lat strain.
BRAVES: Season-ending elbow injuries to starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy figures to knockout Braves' season before it starts.
PHILLIES: The "Wheez Kids" have five players 34 or older in lineup, and Jimmy Rollins already feuding with manager Ryne Sandberg. That's so Philly.
MARLINS: Despite cartoonish owner and mandated fire sale, Larry Beinfest managed to find quality young players in return. Naturally, they fired him.
METS: Payroll dropped from $142 million at end of 2011 to $89 million in 2014. At this rate, Mr. Met may go on food stamps.
PROLIFIC HITTER: Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins. Despite a down season in 2013, Stanton retains his status as the best trading chip in the majors.
DOMINATING PITCHER: Craig Kimbrel, Braves. Nationals' Stephen Strasburg gets way more pub, but with 50 saves and 13 strikeouts per 9 innings, Kimbrel may be more valuable.
TOP ROOKIE: Noah Snydergaard, Mets. Like Matt Harvey and Zach Wheeler, he will arrive in midseason and start dealing right away.
SAVVIEST MANAGER: Fredi Gonzalez, Braves. With all the pitching injuries, Gonzalez may have to perform miracles this year.
BREAKOUT PLAYER: Henderson Alvarez, Marlins. Former Blue Jays starter threw no-hitter against Tigers on last day of '13 season and could take off with decent run support.
POTENTIAL BUST: Bartolo Colon, Mets. Hard to imagine a $20 million, two-year deal for an out-of-shape 39-year-old starter pays off.
BEST NICKNAME: "Chooch." Carlos Ruiz, Phillies. The word can mean "moron" or "idiot," so Ruiz obviously has some thick skin.
IN A NUTSHELL: Nationals should accomplish what they were supposed to do last year, with the Braves their only divisional threat until the Marlins grow up.
CARDINALS: Best-run organization in baseball just keeps cranking out young pitching, making everyone else look impotent.
PIRATES: Rewarded their devoted fans by refusing to improve hitting, leaving Andrew McCutchen on a virtual island.
REDS: The line drive to the head that sidelined closer Aroldis Chapman was a lethal blow to Reds' bullpen, and pennant hopes.
CUBS: Summer sell-off won't be the same without the annual Matt Garza rumors to keep us awake. Jeff Samardzija speculation will have to suffice.
BREWERS: Ryan Braun's return from PED purgatory can't help Brewers avoid neck-and-neck battle with Cubs for last.
PROLIFIC HITTER: McCutchen, Pirates. The reigning NL MVP may be the game's second best all-around player after Mike Trout.
DOMINATING PITCHER: Michael Wacha, Cardinals. Didn't take long for Wacha to become a superstar in the making. He's already made.
TOP ROOKIE: Mike Olt, Cubs. With vision problems behind him, Olt could be the middle-of-the-order threat the Cubs assumed Anthony Rizzo would become.
SAVVIEST MANAGER: Clint Hurdle, Pirates. Guided Pirates first winning season since 1992 and knows how to handle young players' delicate egos.
BREAKOUT PLAYER: Matt Adams, Cardinals. With added playing time, Adams should drive in 100 runs with 25-plus homers.
POTENTIAL BUST: Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals. Will continue to hit, but defense at shortstop is too shaky to merit a four-year, $53 million commitment.
BEST NICKNAME: "Votto-matic." Joey Votto, Reds. Not a Hall of Fame nickname, but better than being called "Blotto."
IN A NUTSHELL: Probably won't be a repeat of the three-way race of 2013, unless the Cardinals' kids all regress at once.
DODGERS: Not as untouchable as some believe, but still the gold standard in the NL West. Literally.
GIANTS: Still a big-name rotation, but Tim Lincecum and Ryan Vogelsong have seen better days, and 38-year-old Tim Hudson is incredibly fragile.
DIAMONDBACKS: Mark Trumbo will hit some bombs and play left field like he's navigating a mine field. A push.
PADRES: Never seem to get any better or any worse. The Padres are the model of consistency.
ROCKIES: Manager Walt Weiss chose 41-year-old LaTroy Hawkins as his closer. At Coors Field. Danger, Will Robinson.
PROLIFIC HITTER: Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks. Having Trumbo hitting behind him should make Goldschmidt even more dangerous.
DOMINATING PITCHER: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers. Best pitcher in baseball right now, and perhaps the best of his generation.
TOP ROOKIE: Archie Bradley, Diamondbacks. With Patrick Corbin out, Bradley should become the D'Backs ace by default.
SAVVIEST MANAGER: Bruce Bochy, Giants. Six division titles. Three World Series. Two rings. Those stats don't lie.
BREAKOUT PLAYER: Andrew Cashner, Padres. Earned opening day nod. Trading away "Cash Money" could haunt Cubs for years.
POTENTIAL BUST: Yasiel Puig, Dodgers. MVP caliber talent, but also the likeliest player to find himself mentioned by Harvey Levin on TMZ.
BEST NICKNAME: "Kung Fu Panda." Pablo Sandoval, Giants. Giants started "Operation Panda" in 2011 to get him in shape. Didn't work, but who cares?
IN A NUTSHELL: The only thing the Dodgers have to fear is Puig destroying the clubhouse chemistry himself.