- Buster Olney, Senior Writer, ESPN Insider
The Cardinals would love for a strong season from Matt Adams, but you know what? If he requires more time to settle in as a regular, they’ve got enough other parts to win without a big contribution from the first baseman. The same could be said for Ryan Zimmerman; the Nationals don’t have to have a big season from him, and the Giants probably aren’t banking on a Cy Young-caliber season from Tim Lincecum.
Presenting: The linchpin players of 2014:
Arizona Diamondbacks: Miguel Montero. They greatly value him, and they’re paying him to be a key part of their lineup. When he didn’t hit last season, it really, really hurt; he must be an effective complement to Paul Goldschmidt.
4dJeff Banister, Special to ESPN.com
5dBrayan Pena, Special to ESPN.com
8dMatt Buschmann, Special to ESPN.com
9dA.J. Ellis, Special for ESPN.com
10dRob Manfred, Special to ESPN.com
10dSean Doolittle, Special to ESPN.com