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Key questions remaining for contenders

Updated: January 15, 2013, 12:06 PM ET
By Buster Olney

We're less than a month from the start of spring training, and as one general manager said Monday, we've reached the stage of the winter where what you see is what get, for the most part. Most teams will do a little roster tinkering over the next four weeks, but they are mostly finished with their winter work. The GMs and owners have made their decisions, creating some really intriguing questions:

1. What's going to happen on the left side of the Los Angeles Dodgers' infield?

L.A. looks like a juggernaut, with an extraordinary rotation and a deep lineup and bullpen (and it may try to add Rafael Soriano, as mentioned below), but it will have some unresolved questions at shortstop and third base as camp opens.

The Dodgers traded for Hanley Ramirez in midseason, and because Dee Gordon's struggles had forced him to the bench, Ramirez played shortstop down the stretch -- and not well. Going into spring training, Ramirez is penciled in as the L.A. shortstop, but the Dodgers need him to play the position more effectively.

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