MLB Predictions: The Top 10 Players Who Must Avoid Injuries in 2011

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MLB Predictions: The Top 10 Players Who Must Avoid Injuries in 2011
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Serious injuries are never good things for baseball players, but the extent to which health problems affect someone's career depends a lot on the situation.

For example, a young player who still has time to recover before he enters his prime is likely to bounce back, and a guy in the middle of a long-term contract doesn't have to worry about finding a new job right away.

But for talented stars entering free agency or to a lesser extent, their arbitration years, getting seriously hurt could end up costing them several million dollars. And for older players whose ability to maintain their current levels of performance, a bad injury could mean a forced retirement.

In this slideshow are the 10 MLB players who would have the most to lose if they were struck by serious injuries.

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