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I don’t know if the Dodgers can expect a whole lot from

Carl Crawford

this year. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

3. Dodgers: 2.4 WAR (#12)

Veteran Carl Crawford will be paid $21.36 million this season. Think about that for a second. That is a lot of money for a 33 year old that is declining, and will probably be reduced to a platoon role in 2015.

Obviously, the Dodgers have the most money of any team in baseball, so $21.36 million isn’t that much money for them. However, he is on the books till 2017, and his production has only declined.

Expect Crawford to platoon with righty Scott Van Slyke, though Crawford will probably get more playing time because he is being paid so much.

For the majority of this winter, Crawford was on the trade block because of the amount of depth the Dodgers have in the outfield. Instead Matt Kemp was dealt to the Padres, and Crawford will stay in Los Angeles.

Crawford is projected to play in 116 games this year with a wRC+ of 106. Van Slyke, who absolutely destroyed Diamondbacks pitching last season, is projected to play in 70 games with a wRC+ of 70.

Crawford has a career .305 average against right-handed pitching, and Van Slyke hit .315 against southpaws last season.