SCOTT VAN SLYKE, 27, outfield/first base
Final 2013 stats: .240 batting average, seven home runs, 19 RBI, .342 on-base and .465 slugging percentages.
Contract status: Under team control.
The good: He should give lessons in reinventing yourself. The Dodgers tried the same thing on Van Slyke last year that they did this winter with right-hander Shawn Tolleson (they were the Dodgers' minor league player and pitcher of the year in 2011).
Unlike Tolleson, however, no one claimed Van Slyke. Every team could have had him for nothing, and not one wanted him. Off the 40-man roster, he returned as a member of the triple-A Isotopes.
But he arrived in better shape and seemingly determined to reclaim his place in the organization. After a solid start at triple-A, he was called up May 10 and had a fairly sensational start, hitting four home runs in his first 40 at-bats. Spent most of July back at triple-A, but was called up again at the end of the month.