Football season ran out the clock. The groundhog showed his furry face. And baseball is right around the corner.

Yes, we’ve got another week-plus to endure before pitchers and catchers report to spring training. More trades will be consummated, more free agents will be signed.

Still, we’re close enough to the start of the 2015 campaign to smell the grass and draw a few conclusions.

Like, say, which contenders increased their stock this winter and which clubs took a dive.

For our purposes, we’ll focus on teams that qualified for the postseason in 2014. So no should’ve-beens (New York Yankees), almost-weres (Seattle Mariners) or might-bes (Chicago White Sox).

Also, we’ll consider any additions or subtractions on their own, irrespective of what other squads in the same division or league did (or didn’t do).

So who got better, who got worse and who stood pat? Let’s break it down.

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