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Ranking the Cleveland Indians' Most Important Players Heading into 2014
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Absent the free-agent spending frenzy of 2013, the Cleveland Indians find themselves in a familiar position heading into this season.

Despite few personnel changes to a roster that was ousted in last year's Wild Card Game, few experts see the Tribe as anything more than a mediocre ballclub. Not surprisingly, many sportsbooks have given Cleveland unfavorable odds on appearing in its first World Series since the catastrophe that was Jose Mesa.

While it may be true that those who enjoyed career years last season will regress slightly in 2014, it is hard to imagine such a talented team reneging on the magic of last season.

While the Tribe has the talent and ability to contend with the Detroit Tigers for the AL Central crown, the following list denotes the team's most important players heading into the 2014 season.

 

All stats are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com or FanGraphs.com unless otherwise noted.

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