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9. Ryan Braun, OF Milwaukee Brewers Photo Credit: Tomasso DeRosa/Four Seam Images/AP Images Ok, I just had to get his name out of the way seeing that he failed a test last year. 8. James Loney, 1B Tampa Bay Rays Photo via Loney used to be a very good fielder and an above average hitter. Over the past few years he has been very bad offensively. He fell to a career low this year when he hit .249 with zero home runs. That is simply unacceptable from the first base position. If only Loney took steroids, maybe some of those long fly balls would have been home runs and hits instead of outs. Maybe some balls would be hit harder and find holes and that .249 could turn into a possible .280 average. You can imagine Dodger fans excitement when they upgraded from Loney to Adrian Gonzalez. 7. Dee Gordon, SS Los Angeles Dodgers Photo Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport/US Presswire If only Dee Gordon could hit, then he could genuinely set stolen base records. Gordon has great speed and can cover a lot of ground in the field, but he does not get on base often enough. If he could take something that could help him with that problem, he could become a star at shortstop. 6. Freddy Galvis, IF Philadelphia Phillies Photo Credit: AP PHOTO/MATT SLOCUM Galvis is going to be the starting second baseman after Chase Utley is done in Philly. In 190 at bats, Galvis hit just .226 with one home run and 24 RBI. If (and this is really a when) Galvis becomes an everyday player, he is going to need to be a better hitter because.226 is just not going to cut it. Galvis is so good with the glove that if he can muscle just .265-.270 he would be a viable everyday player. 5.  Brett Gardner, OF New York Yankees Photo Credit: AP Brett Gardner is a very speedy outfielder with a perfect excuse to take performance-enhancing drugs this year. He can say that he was just using them to help him fully recover from the injury that cost him all but 16 games last year. The Yankees are using him mainly in leftfield now and corner outfield spots are usually spots that produce power. Gardner has just 15 home runs in his three full seasons. I know that people might be saying that isn’t his job, but in Yankee Stadium with a short right field he should be able to pull a few more over the wall. 4. Emilio Bonifacio, UTIL Toronto Blue Jays His career high for home runs is five. That season he had a .296 batting average, also a career high. If Bonifacio could consistently hit .296, then he could be a very serviceable player because of his ability to play so many positions in the field. Bonifacio has played all three outfield positions along with third base, shortstop and second base. If he could get on base more consistently and knock a lot more balls out of the park, he’d be a much better asset for a team. 3. Dexter Fowler, OF Colorado Rockies Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Fowler had his best season last year with a .300 average and 13 home runs. In Coors Field he should be able to hit a few more homers, but also take advantage of all that extra space with some extra base hits. If he had a little more power, he could get a few more balls into the gaps, over outfielders’ heads, and leg out some more triples on his way on becoming an All-Star. 2. Peter Bourjos, OF Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Credit: AP Come on, how else is he going to crack an outfield of Josh Hamilton, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo? 1. Juan Pierre, OF Miami Marlins Photo Credit: US Presswire Pierre has been bouncing around from team to team throughout his MLB tenure and while he has had a nice career, he has only hit over .300 just five times in 12 full seasons and has never hit more than three home runs in a season. His career homerun total is 17. If Pierre could gain some power and get a few more balls into gaps, or over the wall, he could have had more sustained success and maybe could have stayed with teams for more than two or three years at a time. -Goldberg

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