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The season hinges on Jimenez? o.O

Well, as Frobby noted, there's no shortage of guys on any roster that can swing a season in baseball.

That said, if you wanted to narrow down one "X-Factor," that meaning, one guy that's in a position to make a huge difference if he performs well, Ubaldo is as good a choice as any. Imagine if 2013 Ubaldo showed up? That'd do wonders for the club.

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Well, as Frobby noted, there's no shortage of guys on any roster that can swing a season in baseball.

That said, if you wanted to narrow down one "X-Factor," that meaning, one guy that's in a position to make a huge difference if he performs well, Ubaldo is as good a choice as any. Imagine if 2013 Ubaldo showed up? That'd do wonders for the club.

2015 Ubaldo would be decent IMO.

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39 minutes ago, Il BuonO said:

And "decent" rarely does anything to change a team's outcome.

As Frobby said, if the alternative is terribad, then it can be a big deal.

The 2015 versions of Miley and Ubaldo would be far superior to the 2014 versions of each, for example.

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