5 Players Taking over for Departed Free Agents You Need to Know for 2012

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5 Players Taking over for Departed Free Agents You Need to Know for 2012
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Baseball players are constantly under a lot of pressure, both when they are on and off the field. From behaving appropriately and setting good examples for the kids that look up to them through living up to their expectations and not falling short in meeting their salaries.

Truly, they handle a lot of pressure day in and day out.

Perhaps the biggest stress a ball player must deal with, especially one that will last an entire season, is when a particular player is taking over for another recently departed player—usually via free agency.

The players on this list are facing just that situation. Each of these players is taking over for a major talent that departed for another city and, as such, the player left to fill in will inevitably be compared to his predecessor.

In almost all of the cases, the replacement player makes a lot of money and in all five cases, the replacement player is taking over for a major, highly-paid predecessor. Pressure? Indeed.

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