Not every MLB player is looking forward to 2014. For some, the new season represents a pivotal juncture in their respective careers.
This is of course called a “make-or-break season.” While some players like Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Ryan Howard appear to be albatrosses, their contractual security is paramount to their 2014 production.
By comparison, a player like Rickie Weeks desperately needs to find his stroke in 2014. After posting a .209 batting average with an 80 OPS+ in 2013, the once elite second baseman is already playing caddy to farmhand Scooter Gennett.
And if Weeks continues to hit below the league average, the 31-year-old will not find a starting job in 2015.
Read on to see the 10 MLB players heading into make-or-break seasons.