Los Angeles Dodgers Roster Battles: 3 Most Intriguing Spring Position Battles

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Los Angeles Dodgers Roster Battles: 3 Most Intriguing Spring Position Battles
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Can the Dodgers regain their 2009 glory?

With Opening Day 2012 soon approaching, the Los Angeles Dodgers still have a few gaps in their 25-man roster.

Since their 95-win 2009 season, the Dodgers haven't been the same. Manny Ramirez is gone from the middle of the order, Andre Ethier hasn't been able to stay healthy and Chad Billingsley is trending in the wrong direction.

Although the Dodgers have a few problems, some things are looking good for the boys of summer. Matt Kemp has finally established himself among the game's elite, and Clayton Kershaw won a Cy Young award in 2011. 

On paper, the Dodgers don't seem to have a fearsome lineup, but they have a few prospects that should get ample playing time this season. Both Dee Gordon and Jerry Sands should get enough playing time to establish themselves this season, and if both live up to the hype, the Dodgers could have one of the better lineups in the National League. 

Gordon has the ability to swipe 60 bags, and Sands could hit 30 homers this season if they each get 600 at-bats. 

Although they have the hype, they still have to produce at an All-Star level for the Dodgers to advance to the playoffs. 

The following slides will describe the position battles that the Dodgers face for their Opening Day lineup.

With all my heart, I hope that this season breaks the residents of Chavez Ravine's two-year drought from the playoffs.

But they will have to overcome the following:


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