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2007 key stat: In 46 games, .380 on-base percentage was 43 points higher than previous best.

Best case: Builds on torrid spring, lays off bad pitches, hits .300 and gets contract extension.

Worst case: Questions about effort resurface and strikeouts reach triple digits.


Position: 3B

Age: 23

2007 key stat: 18 game-winning RBI ranked second in MLB.

Best case: Takes next step in career progression and hits .300 with 30 homers and 110 RBI.

Worst case: Can’t lay off breaking balls low and away, hits .265 and strikes out 125 times.


Position: 3B

Age: 35

2007 key stat: Batted .286 in 69 games with Florida.

Best case: Becomes valuable bat off the bench — we hear he’s gotten a big late-game hit at some point in his career.

Worst case: Spends large chunks of the season on the disabled list like he did last year.

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