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Dodgers without Clayton Kershaw?

The word on two-time National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw isn't good. Although the Los Angeles Dodgers don't know when their ace will return, they say back inflammation will sideline the lefty for at least two to three weeks. Naturally this isn't great for the club; Kershaw posted an absurd 1.83 ERA a year ago. But the Dodgers aren't a one-man team, and were heavy favorites to win the NL West before the season started.

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  • Are the Dodgers NL West favorites without a healthy Clayton Kershaw?

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  • Who is the Dodgers' best player, after Clayton Kershaw?

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  • Which team will win the National League?

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How do the top left-handed starters in Major League Baseball stack up? That question has been answered by our experts in the latest installment of the Baseball Tonight 100 (#BBTN100), a project to rank the top players across all 30 teams. We'll reveal a new position each day and unveil the overall 1-100 rankings March 27.

Do you agree with the experts' take on lefties? Simply click on the images of the top 10 below to submit your ballot.

Rank: #BBTN100 Top Left-Handers

Madison Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner

San Francisco Giants
BBTN Rank: 5

Gio Gonzalez

Gio Gonzalez

Washington Nationals
BBTN Rank: 8

Cole Hamels

Cole Hamels

Philadelphia Phillies
BBTN Rank: 6

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles Dodgers
BBTN Rank: 1

Cliff Lee

Cliff Lee

Philadelphia Phillies
BBTN Rank: 4

Jon Lester

Jon Lester

Boston Red Sox
BBTN Rank: 7

Francisco Liriano

Francisco Liriano

Pittsburgh Pirates
BBTN Rank: 10

David Price

David Price

Tampa Bay Rays
BBTN Rank: 2

CC Sabathia

CC Sabathia

New York Yankees
BBTN Rank: 9

Chris Sale

Chris Sale

Chicago White Sox
BBTN Rank: 3

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Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers agree

It wasn't unexpected, but still must give Los Angeles Dodgers fans quite a bit of relief: According to ESPN.com sources, the team and Clayton Kershaw agreed on a seven-year, $215 million deal. On one hand, it's a major risk, as pitchers are known to be vulnerable to unanticipated injuries. On the other, Kershaw turns 26 in March, and has won two of the last three NL Cy Young Awards (the lefty posted a 1.83 ERA in 2013). Also, the Dodgers aren't exactly in rebuilding mode; they won 92 games last season and reached the NLCS.

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  • In general, how do you feel about giving long-term, high-dollar contracts to elite starting pitchers?

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  • How far will the Dodgers go in 2014?

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  • How many World Series will the Dodgers win over the duration of Clayton Kershaw's seven-year deal?

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  • How many more Cy Youngs will Clayton Kershaw win?

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  • How many games will Clayton Kershaw (77 wins, turns 26 in March) win in his career?

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The Pittsburgh Pirates won the 2013 headlines. The Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series. But neither -- at the moment -- figures to be among the biggest stories of 2014. Not with the AL West packed, Alex Rodriguez's appeal still up in the air and the new commissioner to be chosen -- among many other things. Check out Buster Olney's top 10 storylines for the new year Insider and rank them according to your interest level. Simply click on the images to submit your ballot!

More Top 10 Rank 'Em's: Lineups | Rotations | Bullpens

Top 2014 MLB Storylines

AL West race

AL West race

Will the A's repeat? Will the Rangers bounce back? Or will the Angels and Mariners have something to say about it?

A-Rod resolution

A-Rod resolution

Will his 211-game suspension be upheld?

Expanded replay

Expanded replay

How much will it change the game?

Jeter's future

Jeter's future

How much does he have left?

Kershaw, Scherzer

Kershaw, Scherzer

Will the Cy Young winners and free-agents-to-be stay in their respective cities?

Mattingly's job status

Mattingly's job status

Is Don Mattingly a Dodger for good?

Milestones

Milestones

Albert Pujols could reach 500 HR (he's at 492), 1,500 RBIs (1,498) and 1,500 runs (1,425). Alex Rodriguez is closing in on 3,000 hits (2,939) and 2,000 RBIs (1,969).

New MLBPA head

New MLBPA head

What will the future be like under new leader Tony Clark?

Selig's successor

Selig's successor

Is Rob Manfred the man?

Tipping points

Tipping points

Will the Phillies, Royals, Diamondbacks and Orioles trend upward or downward?

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For the second straight year, traditional numbers beat out advanced metrics on the American League Most Valuable Player ballot, with the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera receiving the award over Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. The scrape played out differently in the National League, where the Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen -- he of better modern numbers (but also more team wins) -- beat Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Do you agree with the picks?


AL MVP?

Miguel Cabrera posted dazzling traditional numbers (.348 avg., 44 HRs, 137 RBIs) on a winner, while Mike Trout offered a better WAR.

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What do you make of Miguel Cabrera winning AL MVP?

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NL MVP?

Andrew McCutchen won the WAR with Paul Goldschmidt, but didn't slug as well (the latter had a 36-21 edge in homers and 125-84 in RBIs).

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What do you make of Andrew McCutchen winning NL MVP?

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Who's No. 1?

Could a 22-year-old really be the premier player in the sport? Or is one of the MVPs better?

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Who is the best player in baseball?

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