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2007 key stat: Pitched just 51 innings in 12 starts.

Best case: Adapts to role as reliever, uses eye-popping stuff to make 50 late-inning appearances.

Worst case: Can’t adjust to coming in with runners on base, posts 6.00 ERA.


Position: RP

Age: 34

2007 key stat: Made 67 appearances for Nationals and Brewers.

Best case: Expands beyond specialist role, posts sub-3.00 ERA in more than 80 innings of work.

Worst case: Lefties figure him out and he loses spot to younger arm.


Position: SP

Age: 23

2007 key stat: Posted 4.15 ERA in six starts.

Best case: Wins 10 games and establishes self as bona-fide major league starter.

Worst case: Spends year at Class AAA Columbus waiting for his turn in the majors.

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