The lifestyle of an MLB player seems like a blast, right?

Yes, unless you’re an impending free agent, highly touted young player, oft-injured veteran or something in between. Then there’s pressure.

That’s what all professional athletes sign up for. Along with copious amounts of money and fame, you’re burdened with responsibilities to your teammates, fans and front-office executives.

The following 25 guys are either justifying an existing contract or proving themselves worthy of a new one while eyeing the 2014 World Series.


*Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs, unless otherwise specified.

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