Los Angeles Dodgers: Projecting the 2014 Batting Order

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Los Angeles Dodgers: Projecting the 2014 Batting Order
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The Los Angeles Dodgers were trade- and sign-happy last season, but they didn't delve too deeply into the free-agent pool this time around. After 2012's spending frenzy, they already had most of the pieces they wanted in place, so re-signing guys like Juan Uribe became the priority.

With a move to get Cuban second baseman Alexander Guerrero and the reluctance to trade away one of the team's four starting outfielders, general manager Ned Colletti has himself quite a good problem in Los Angeles—nine starters for eight lineup spots.

We know that Hanley Ramirez, Yasiel Puig, and Adrian Gonzalez will stack the middle of the batting order and that Uribe and A.J. Ellis will bring up the rear. But where do the other three outfielders and Guerrero fit into the mix? 

Assuming all four outfielders (Puig, Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier) suit up on Opening Day with clean bills of health, the following slides will be a prediction of manager Don Mattingly's 2014 Opening Day lineup.

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