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Greinke looks to win a second Cy Young award as a member of the Dodgers.
Much has been made of the money the Los Angeles Dodgers have spent since being sold to Guggenheim Baseball Management last spring. However, the Dodgers have plenty of homegrown talent to complement their shiny new toys.
Center fielder Matt Kemp, 2011 Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw and right fielder Andre Ethier will all be major contributors to L.A.’s success during a championship-or-bust campaign. Those three represent the Dodgers’ leadership and have helped the team sport a winning record in four of the last five season.
As important as Kemp, Kershaw and Ethier are, all eyes will be on the newcomers.
Left fielder Carl Crawford will make his Los Angeles debut this season after coming to the Dodgers in a blockbuster trade with the Boston Red Sox last August. Zack Greinke will join Kershaw to form arguably the best pair of starters in the majors after signing with the Dodgers as a free agent.
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez (once he returns from thumb surgery), right-hander Josh Beckett, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and closer Brandon League will also be heavily depended upon in their first full season with the Dodgers.
Kemp, Crawford, Ramirez and starter Chad Billingsley are all coming off of major injuries entering 2013, so health will be a major concern for Los Angeles. But if the Dodgers get just a little bit more lucky in that department than they did in 2012, an extended postseason run should be expected.