Opening Day 2014: Looking At The National League West

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Clayton Kershaw’s balky back has to be at least a minor concern for the Dodgers, what with that whole $215 million contract … thing. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

1. Los Angeles Dodgers

Last year: 92-70, first place
Projected finish: First place
What’s New: OF Mike Baxter (N.Y. Mets), 2B Alex Guerrero (Cuba), RHP Dan Haren (Washington), RHP Chris Perez (Cleveland), RHP Jamey Wright (Tampa Bay).

Who’s Gone: RHP Ronald Belisario (White Sox), IF Mark Ellis (St. Louis), RHP Ricky Nolasco (Minnesota), UT Skip Schumaker (Cincinnati).

Who’s Down: LHP Scott Elbert (60-day DL, recovering from Tommy John surgery), LHP Onelki Garcia (60-day DL, recovering from elbow surgery), CF Matt Kemp (15-day DL, recovering from left ankle surgery), RHP Chad Billingsley (15-day DL, recovering from Tommy John surgery), RHP Josh Beckett (15-day DL, sprained right thumb), LHP Clayton Kershaw (15-day DL, left teres major strain).