1 Huge Fear Every MLB Team Should Have This Spring

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1 Huge Fear Every MLB Team Should Have This Spring
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Fear is a powerful, versatile weapon, one that can be used to motivate—or deflate—hope.

Sitting in spring training, every team in MLB is hopeful—hopeful that their key players emerge from the exhibition season unscathed, that their youngsters have continued to develop and that the moves they made this winter will lead them to playing meaningful baseball deep into October.

But locked in the deepest, darkest corner of every manager and GM's mind is a major fear, a scenario so troubling that they only mention it in passing—if at all—quickly dismissing the thought as nonsense.

Now, it would be easy to sit here, name each team's most important player and say that a major injury to that player is his team's biggest fear. I've tried to avoid doing that, though in some cases it was unavoidable for a number of reasons, which are detailed in the slides that follow.

From a lack of depth to an aging core and unproven youngsters, the list of fears that every MLB team should have this spring is far-reaching.

What should your favorite team be most scared about this spring? Let's take a look.

 

*All spring training statistics courtesy of MLB.com.
*Unless otherwise noted, all other statistics courtesy of FanGraphs
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