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Ranking the Philadelphia Phillies' Most Important Players Heading into 2014
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The 2014 Philadelphia Phillies have a lot of "ifs" to worry about.

The Philadelphia Phillies were a team to be reckoned with from 2007-2011. They were an example of what a franchise should embody with their ability to develop prospects, build chemistry and fill voids efficiently through free agency. Those teams won five National League East division titles, two National League Championships and one World Series.

The 2012 and 2013 seasons were anything but fun for the Philadelphia faithful. The bats have slowed down, players are getting older and the young crop of prospects have yet to pan out.

There have been changes throughout the organization since that time. Charlie Manuel is no longer manager, old faces have returned and a few prospects are in the everyday lineup.

The Phillies could be a surprise team in 2014—or they could fail miserably, depending on whether all of their "ifs" pan out correctly. There are 10 players that will be significant to the team's success once the season starts.

Each player on the 40-man roster was evaluated by the following criteria: career consistency, key skill and importance of position.

Philadelphia will need to watch these 10 players closely. The team's success depends on their production.

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