Superstars Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez have been slotted in between longtime Dodgers sluggers Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, which in theory creates one of the best lineups in baseball.
However, the Blue Crew has found out the hard way that it requires more than having the right pieces in place to construct a puzzle. These things can take time—time the Dodgers cannot afford if they are to still be playing in October.
While core Dodgers like Kemp, Ethier and Clayton Kershaw will continue to play a vital role in the team’s postseason chances, the Blue Crew will need its new additions to step up in order to overcome the San Francisco Giants in the National League West.
Here is a ranking of just how important each new addition will be in the Dodgers pennant race.