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Los Angeles Dodgers: 5 Players Team Could Do Without In 2014

Los Angeles Dodgers: 5 Players Team Could Do Without In 2014

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have not played up to expectation thus far with just a 35-33 record. Manager Don Mattingly recently suggested the team struggles due to a lack of chemistry. Here are five players they could do without in 2014.



Timothy Downs is a fantasy sports writer for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @tidow1212.

5. Chris Perez

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5. Chris Perez

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It has been quite the fall from grace for the former Cleveland Indians closer. In 28 appearances with Los Angeles this season, Perez has pitched to a 4.97 ERA in 25.1 innings. He has struck out batters at a solid rate (8.5 K/9) but the Dodgers could certainly get by without his presence.

4. Andre Ethier

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4. Andre Ethier

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Andre Ethier has hit 144 home runs since 2006; however, unfortunately for the Dodgers, only three have been this season. Ethier is batting only .258 in 56 games, adding 26 RBI. It is no secret that everyone other than Yasiel Puig is unhappy with the Dodgers' outfield scenario, and at this point Ethier might be better off with a different organization.

3. Brian Wilson

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3. Brian Wilson

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Brian Wilson has never really been the same since returning from his second Tommy John surgery. He shows glimpses of his former self at times, but through 26 appearances in 2014, he is pitching to a 5.82 ERA and fooling no one. It might serve the Dodgers well to look for a setup reliever at the trade deadline.

2. A.J. Ellis

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2. A.J. Ellis

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2014 is just not Dodgers' catcher A.J. Ellis' year. He has batted only .170 in 15 games and is currently working on returning from an injury stemming from the celebration after Dodgers' pitcher Josh Beckett's no-hitter. Dealing for a catcher at the deadline could be crucial for Los Angeles.

1. Matt Kemp

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1. Matt Kemp

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Matt Kemp looks nothing like the player that dominated for Los Angeles in 2011. He is clearly unhappy with the crowded outfield and the Dodgers should make a serious attempt to move their former star under any circumstance. In 57 games this season, Kemp has just five homers and 18 RBI.