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He’s Here: RHP Matt Lindstrom, INF Ty Wigginton, 2B Jose Lopez, RHP Felipe Paulino.

He’s Outta There: C Miguel Olivo, 2B Clint Barmes, RHP Manny Corpas, 3B Melvin Mora, LHP Joe Beimel, LHP Jeff Francis, OF Jay Payton.

Projected Lineup: CF Dexter Fowler (.260, 6, 36), RF Seth Smith (.246, 17, 52), LF Carlos Gonzalez (.336, 34, 117, 111 runs, 26 SBs), SS Troy Tulowitzki (.315, 27, 95 in 122 games), 3B Ian Stewart (.256, 18, 61), 1B Todd Helton (.256, 8, 37 in 118 games), 2B Jose Lopez (.239, 10, 58 with Seattle) or Eric Young Jr. (.244, 0, 8), C Chris Iannetta (.197, 9, 27 in 61 games).

Rotation: RH Ubaldo Jimenez (19-8, 2.88, 214 Ks), LH Jorge De La Rosa (8-7, 4.22), RH Jhoulys Chacin (9-11, 3.28), RH Jason Hammel (10-9, 4.81), RH Esmil Rogers (2-3, 6.13, 66 in 28 games)

Key Relievers: RH Huston Street (4-4, 3.61 ERA, 20 saves in 25 chances), RH Rafael Betancourt (5-1, 3.61), RH Matt Lindstrom (2-5, 4.39, 23/29 saves with Houston), RH Matt Belisle (7-5, 2.93, 91 Ks in 92 innings), RH Felipe Paulino (1-9, 5.11 in 19 games with Houston), LH Franklin Morales (0-4, 6.28, 35 games) or LH Rex Brothers (2-1, 3.91 in 24 games with Double-A Tulsa).

Hot Spots: RF, back end of the rotation, setup men, 2B. Fowler and Gonzalez are pretty much certainties to patrol cavernous Coors Field, while Smith and Ryan Spilborghs are in contention for the RF spot. Aaron Cook threw the rotation into a state of flux after fracturing bones in the ring finger on his throwing hand when he caught it in a door. That opens the door for Rogers to sneak into the mix. The impressive spring of Brothers will make the decisions concerning the back half of the bullpen interesting. Brothers, Morales, Matt Reynolds and Matt Daley are contending for jobs. Lopez appears to be the starter at second, but the Rockies like Young’s blazing speed.

Outlook: The Rockies opened up their wallets in the offseason, locking up Tulowitzki and Gonzalez to long-term deals after they each turned in MVP-worthy performances in 2010. The team also re-signed the flame-throwing lefty De La Rosa, who joins Jimenez, the staff ace, and up-and-coming star Chacin to form one of the most promising young rotations in baseball. The bullpen will again be a strength, especially after adding Lindstrom from the Astros. Paulino, another acquisition from Houston, will join the bullpen as well, giving the team a nice bridge to Betancourt, the eighth-inning specialist, and then to Street. Despite the offensive prowess of Tulo and CarGo, the Rockies can’t rely on them alone. They’re counting on rebound seasons from Smith and Stewart, along with Helton, who’s been plagued by a chronically sore back. To save wear and tear on Helton, the Rockies will rotate in Wigginton and Jason Giambi. With Olivo gone, the job behind the plate belongs exclusively to Chris Iannetta. For once, there’s no safety net such as an Olivo or a Yorvit Torrealba.

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Los Angeles Dodgers

2010: 80-82, fourth place.

Manager: Don Mattingly (1st season).

He’s Here: INF Juan Uribe, RHP Jon Garland, RHP Matt Guerrier, RHP Blake Hawksworth, C Dioner Navarro, OF Marcus Thames, OF Tony Gwynn Jr.

He’s Outta There: C Russell Martin, LHP George Sherrill, INF Ryan Theriot, C Brad Ausmus.

Projected Lineup: SS Rafael Furcal (.300, 8, 43, 22 SBs) , LF Jamey Carroll (.291, 0, 23), RF Andre Ethier (.292, 23, 82) , CF Matt Kemp (.249, 28, 89), 2B Juan Uribe (.248, 24, 85 with San Francisco), 1B James Loney (.267, 10, 88), LF Marcus Thames (.288, 12, 33 in 82 games with Yankees), C Rod Barajas (.240, 17, 47 with Mets and Dodgers).

Rotation: LH Clayton Kershaw (13-10, 2.91, 212 Ks), RH Chad Billingsley (12-11, 3.57), LH Ted Lilly (10-12, 3.62 with Cubs and Dodgers), RH Hiroki Kuroda (11-13, 3.39), RH Jon Garland (14-12, 3.47 200 IP with Padres).

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