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The lineups for the 2014 Home Run Derby have been set, with National League captain Troy Tulowitzki picking Todd Frazier, Yasiel Puig, NL home run leader Giancarlo Stanton and Rockies teammate Justin Morneau, while AL caption Jose Bautista selected defending derby champion Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson, Adam Jones and, in somewhat of a surprise move, second baseman Brian Dozier of the hometown Minnesota Twins. How would you rank these eight sluggers? Set your list below!

More: Your thoughts on All-Star Game rosters?

HR Derby Participants

Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista

Blue Jays
17 HR

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes

Athletics
14 HR

Josh Donaldson

Josh Donaldson

Athletics
20 HR

Brian Dozier

Brian Dozier

Twins
16 HR

Todd Frazier

Todd Frazier

Reds
17 HR

Adam Jones

Adam Jones

Orioles
16 HR

Justin Morneau

Justin Morneau

Rockies
13 HR

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig

Dodgers
12 HR

Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton

Marlins
21 HR

Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki

Rockies
20 HR

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The lineups for the 2014 Home Run Derby have been set, with National League captain Troy Tulowitzki picking Todd Frazier, Yasiel Puig and league homer leader Giancarlo Stanton, while AL skipper Jose Bautista selected defending champion Yoenis Cespedes, Adam Jones and, in something of a surprise move, second baseman Brian Dozier of the hometown Minnesota Twins. How would you rank these eight sluggers? Set your list below!

More: Your thoughts on All-Star Game rosters?

HR Derby Participants

Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista

Blue Jays
17 HR

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes

Athletics
14 HR

Brian Dozier

Brian Dozier

Twins
16 HR

Todd Frazier

Todd Frazier

Reds
17 HR

Adam Jones

Adam Jones

Orioles
16 HR

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig

Dodgers
12 HR

Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton

Marlins
21 HR

Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki

Rockies
18 HR

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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.

  • How worried should Dodgers fans be about Clayton Kershaw's injury issues?

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      40%
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      53%
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      7%

    Discuss (Total votes: 40,088)

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

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      10%
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      58%
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      32%

    Discuss (Total votes: 46,762)

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

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      16%
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      18%
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      32%
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      29%
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      5%

    Discuss (Total votes: 6,416)

  • Which team will win the National League?

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      11%
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      27%
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      34%
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      12%
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      16%

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Dodgers' payroll higher than NYY

Many never thought this day would come. But it has. Long considered the "Evil Empire" because of their massive payroll, the New York Yankees have been passed by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Major League Baseball's list of highest combined player salaries. L.A.'s figure: $235 million. New York's? A "mere" $204 million. Does this change your view of the Yankees? Does baseball need a salary cap? Does money limit your enjoyment of winning?

Does Major League Baseball need a salary cap?

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    69%
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    31%

Discuss (Total votes: 180,410)

  • Do you still consider the Yankees the Evil Empire, despite their not having MLB's highest payroll for 2014?

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      71%
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      29%

    Discuss (Total votes: 28,430)

  • If your favorite team had a massive payroll relative to the league, would that make you enjoy winning less?

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      11%
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      30%
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      59%

    Discuss (Total votes: 10,095)

  • How do you feel about MLB player salaries?

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      81%
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      18%
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      1%

    Discuss (Total votes: 9,927)

  • Which is your favorite of the four major pro sports leagues?

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      33%
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      14%
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      44%
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      9%

    Discuss (Total votes: 10,021)

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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.

  • What do you make of the Dodgers signing Clayton Kershaw to a seven-year, $215 million deal?

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      58%
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      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 34,063)

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

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      48%
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      52%

    Discuss (Total votes: 11,543)

  • How far will the Dodgers go in 2014?

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      14%
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      22%
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      33%
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      14%
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      17%

    Discuss (Total votes: 41,535)

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

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      28%
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      55%
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      17%

    Discuss (Total votes: 39,024)

  • How many more Cy Youngs will Clayton Kershaw win?

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      28%
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      72%

    Discuss (Total votes: 9,989)

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

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      12%
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      56%
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      32%

    Discuss (Total votes: 9,868)

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