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Ten MLB players with something to prove in 2017

MLB PLayers
Ethan Sears
Written by Ethan Sears

Baseball season is only just starting, but some teams are already thinking about October. Likewise, some MLB players already have next winter — aka payday — on their minds. Others simply want to shake off a forgettable 2016 and start anew.

As we all know, hope springs eternal.

Here, we’ll look at 10 players trying to prove something this season. Some, like Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel, will have to partly rely on team success for their¬†resurgence. Others, such as Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, have money on the line. Others still, like Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray, need to get the stink of 2016 off them.

Many of these players will be central to the pennant race. Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price, for example, could find himself starting games in the Fall Classic this year if things break right for the Red Sox. You could call Price an X-factor, but he undoubtedly has something to prove after a shaky 2016.

Here are 10 players with something to prove this season.

About the author

Ethan Sears

Ethan Sears

Ethan Sears is the publisher of sports web site EthanSears.com and will graduate in 2017 from Rye High School in Westchester County, New York. He has loved sports from an early age and intends to have a long career in journalism.

Ethan interned at the New York Post in the summers of 2015 and 2016. He also writes for Giants Wire, USA Today's New York Giants blog. In addition to writing and editing his own website, Ethan is the sports editor for his school paper, Garnet and Black. You can follow him on Twitter @ethan_sears.