"No question, he's definitely our main guy," second baseman Mark Grudzielanek said. "He's a special individual; we're going to have to run with him."
But the Dodgers also know Green can't do it alone.
"With the year he had last year, he should be coming in here with a very confident attitude," Karros said. "Whatever is thrown his way, I'm sure he'll be able to handle it, but you're going to win as a group.
"One guy isn't going to carry you and one guy isn't going to lose it for you. Everybody has to go out and perform at a level that people expect. That goes for the manager to the last guy on the roster."
Green is one of many players pleased that Sheffield is no longer on the roster. The Dodgers want players who want to be Dodgers, and Sheffield seemingly wanted to work almost anywhere but Chavez Ravine.
"I definitely feel like this team had an issue that doesn't need to be dealt with anymore because he ... it was obvious he wasn't happy here," Green said. "He made it known, so there was an issue. Now, everyone here wants to be here and is happy to be on the Dodgers. That pretty much solves the problem right there."