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3 Los Angeles Dodgers
Albert Chen
March 31, 2008
"GREAT STUFF, GREAT MAKEUP—I WILL PUT MY REPUTATION ON HIROKI KURODA."
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March 31, 2008

3 Los Angeles Dodgers

"GREAT STUFF, GREAT MAKEUP—I WILL PUT MY REPUTATION ON HIROKI KURODA."

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Juan Pierre isn't qualified to be an everyday leftfielder, and any playing time that he takes from Matt Kemp (left) or Andre Ethier is a crime. Pushed out of centerfield by the signing of free agent Andruw Jones, Pierre, 30, is only a fair defensive player (he has one of the game's worst throwing arms), carries a mediocre on-base percentage (he has ranked among the majors' top four in outs made in each of the last five seasons) and can't go deep (his last home run was in 2006, more than 700 at bats ago). The 23-year-old Kemp is a potential star, with power more typical of a corner outfielder (.521 slugging percentage last season), and Ethier, 25, does everything better than Pierre does except steal bases. For the Dodgers to overtake the Rockies and the Diamondbacks in the NL West, the up-and-comers have to play.

THE LINEUP
PROJECTED ROSTER WITH 2007 STATISTICS

MANAGER JOE TORRE
FIRST SEASON WITH LOS ANGELES
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New acquisition (R) Rookie B-T: Bats-throws
*Japanese league stats
WHIP: Walks plus hits per inning pitched
PVR: Player Value Ranking (explanation on page 62)

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