Philadelphia Phillies

Wait, we can't just write jokes about Ruben Amaro anymore? This is an outrage! Someone get our lawyers the Phillies' email so they can take care of this.

Key Addition

Andrew Bailey? Listen, it's not as simple as just naming a player. The Phillies mostly plugged holes with random free agents and left the rest of the work to the children, who are their future. Bailey, if healthy, can at least be flipped at the deadline if he's rediscovered some of the form that once made him one of baseball's top closers. The rest are just here to fill out the roster while the Phils wait for the rest of their future to show up. This is not a criticism!

All additions: Andrew Bailey, Jeremy Hellickson, Charlie Morton, Vincent Velasquez, Peter Bourjos, David Hernandez, Mark Appel

Key Departure

Ken Giles is in the Astros' bullpen now, but he brought back Mark Appel, Harold Arauz, Brett Oberholtzer, Thomas Eshelman, and Vincent Velasquez. So, the Phillies will miss Giles in the present, but they'll be glad they dealt him in the future.

All departures: Ken Giles, what remained of the hope for Domonic Brown's career

Best Case

The Phillies aren't exactly going to compete in 2016, but if things go well they'll put themselves in a position to speed up this rebuilding process. A strong season from young, budding cornerstones like Maikel Franco, Aaron Nola, and Jerad Eickhoff could convince the Phillies to start aiming for 2017 in the same way the Astros used 2015 as their rebuild's unofficial end, and if top prospect J.P. Crawford could join that optimism party, then all the better.

Worst Case

Rebuilding is fine, even if some want to call it tanking. The key is that the team puts itself in a position to eventually contend, out of respect for the fans who they have forced to watch terrible baseball for a few years in order to get to that point. If too many of those Phillies' kids you know about falter in 2016, it could damage the patience many have for this whole rebuilding thing, and make the team's job much more difficult on the field for longer as well.

Projected Team

Lineup: Peter Bourjos, Cesar Hernandez, Odubel Herrera, Maikel Franco, Ryan Howard, Cameron Rupp, Will Venable, Freddy Galvis

Rotation: Jeremy Hellickson, Aaron Nola, Charlie Morton, Vincent Velasquez, Jerad Eickhoff