Ranking the Los Angeles Dodgers' Most Important Players Heading into 2014

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Ranking the Los Angeles Dodgers' Most Important Players Heading into 2014
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The Dodgers' owners have taken the term "win at all costs" to its utmost extreme. The most expensive roster in baseball is full of players who are imbued with a very straightforward task: Win the World Series.

It's not about Dodger Dogs anymore, but Dodger Dollars. Can all the mountains of cash the Guggenheim Partners have ponied up over the past two years deliver a championship to a fanbase deprived of the ultimate victory since 1988? 

The money has definitely brought in some big name players to Los Angeles, and the knowledge of their buying power does add a certain element of swagger to the team. And there must be some trust in the current list of names on the payroll, due to the fact that the Dodgers didn't take a chance on Robinson Cano or snag Masahiro Tanaka.

This puts extra focus on the players in place from a roster that remains largely intact from last season.

Some of these players will be vital to the Dodgers' chances of winning it all in 2014.

Criteria

Since this article is all about the player's importance in 2014, we're not too worried about the size/length of a player's contract, player age (unless it may significantly hamper performance) or long-term potential.

The rankings are based on the skills and ability to deliver wins that will be provided to the Dodgers organization over the next 10 months, as well as the effect it would have on the team if they were lost for the season. Those who are expected to be relied upon, essentially, are the most important.

Injury concerns are a factor as well, as that hinders a players dependability and can even magnify their impact in some cases. 

Let's take a look at the Dodgers' most important players heading into next season.

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