Having looked at each team’s MVP from the first half of the 2016 season on Tuesday, let’s now take a gander at the 30 least valuable players from the past three months – the overpaid and/or underperforming dudes that have left managers and fans grumbling.
Arizona Diamondbacks – Shelby Miller: Acquired from Atlanta this winter, Miller has roasted in the desert so far, as the 25-year-old owns a 7.14 ERA in 14 starts this season, with 18 earned runs allowed in his last 17 innings.
Atlanta Braves – A.J. Pierzynski: Though there are plenty of options to choose from, Pierzynski’s performance in 2016 has been historically awful, as the veteran catcher is on pace to become the 41st player ever with an OPS+ of 27 or lower and no home runs in a season (min. 175 PA).
Baltimore Orioles – Ubaldo Jimenez: Every Orioles starter not named Chris Tillman has been terrible this year, but Jimenez has been notably horrid, posting the worst ERA (7.38) and walk rate (12.5 percent) among AL pitchers with at least 80 innings.
Boston Red Sox – Clay Buchholz: The good news? Buchholz hasn’t needed a DL stint yet this year. The bad news? Buchholz hasn’t needed a DL stint yet this year. Vacillating between the rotation and bullpen, the 31-year-old owns a 5.91 ERA while coughing up 17 homers in 80 2/3 innings.
Chicago Cubs – Adam Warren: It’s unlikely the Cubs miss Starlin Castro, but it’s not like sending the infielder to New York for Warren has paid off, as the swingman has been worth -0.6 WAR with a 5.79 ERA in his 27 appearances.
Chicago White Sox – James Shields: Although improved of late, Big Game James has still been an overall disaster since arriving in Chicago last month, with the 34-year-old serving up a 9.23 ERA in six starts on the South Side.
Cincinnati Reds – Alfredo Simon: In the cesspool that is the Reds’ rotation, no pitcher has stunk more than Simon, who returned to Cincinnati after a one-year sojourn in Detroit only to post an 8.77 ERA while coughing up 12 home runs in his first 11 starts.
Cleveland Indians – Yan Gomes: Following a disappointing, injury-marred 2015 campaign, Gomes has been even more dreadful this summer, with a laughable 31 wRC+ and .201 OBP that’s 62 points lower than the next-worst hitter (min. 250 PA).
Colorado Rockies – Gerardo Parra: Most hitters see their numbers improve in Colorado. Not Parra, evidently. In 249 plate appearances with his new club, the veteran outfielder is hitting .263/.274/.424 with an MLB-worst 0.10 walk-to-strikeout ratio (min. 200 PA).
Detroit Tigers – Justin Upton: Those talented Tigers hitters haven’t rubbed off on Upton, who’s striking out more often than ever and hitting for less power than Joe Panik en route to his worst OPS (.670) since becoming a full-time player in 2008.
Houston Astros – Jake Marisnick: At no point this season has Marisnick’s batting average cracked the .192 mark, and the beleaguered backup with the .511 OPS hasn’t recorded a multi-hit game since June 3.
Kansas City Royals – Alcides Escobar: After shining atop the Royals’ lineup throughout the 2015 postseason, Escobar has been awful this year, managing a .286 OBP and less WAR (-0.5) than all but one qualified shortstop.
Los Angeles Angels – Jered Weaver: A replacement-level starter with a $20-million salary, Weaver has the ninth-lowest average game score (45.2) among qualified AL starters and is tied for the most homers allowed in the majors (21).
Los Angeles Dodgers – Chris Hatcher: The Dodgers’ previously shaky bullpen has been much improved this year outside of Hatcher, who has a 5.02 ERA in 33 appearances and is last among National League relievers with -1.52 win probability added.
Miami Marlins – Adeiny Hechavarria: After adjusting for park effects, none of the 24 shortstops with at least 300 plate appearances have fared worse than Hechavarria, whose .272 OBP is five points above the Marlins’ all-time single-season low (a record held by Adeiny Hechavarria).
Milwaukee Brewers – Ramon Flores: Growing pains are normal, but the 24-year-old rookie owns a measly .571 OPS with the second-lowest isolated power (.050) among players with at least 200 plate appearances.
Minnesota Twins – Trevor Plouffe: So many deserving candidates, but it’s tough not to single out Plouffe, who’s been worth -0.4 WAR as one of 14 players with an OBP below .285 and a slugging percentage under .400 (min. 230 PA).
New York Mets – Alejandro De Aza: Responsible for a .176/.252/.269 line in 2016, the 32-year-old journeyman has been so bad at the plate, he’s cost his team -0.6 WAR in only 120 plate appearances.
New York Yankees – Mark Teixeira: Easy as it is to pick on A-Rod, Teixeira has been worse at the dish in 2016, managing an appalling .193/.272/.317 line (57 wRC+) with seven homers in 61 games.
Oakland Athletics – Yonder Alonso: So about a year after trading away Josh Donaldson, Billy Beane sent Drew Pomeranz to San Diego for Alonso, a first baseman hitting .253/.313/.348 with four home runs in 86 games this season. Yikes.
Philadelphia Phillies – Ryan Howard: Beating a dead horse, at this point, but…yeesh. Howard, in the final year of his much-maligned extension, is hitting .154/.214/.353 with 71 strikeouts.
Pittsburgh Pirates – Jon Niese: Central to the Pirates’ pitching woes, Niese has floundered away from Queens, serving up a 5.13 ERA (129 ERA-) with the third-worst opponents’ batting average (.296) among qualified starters.
San Diego Padres – Alexei Ramirez: It’s customary for the Padres to employ bad shortstops, and Ramirez honored that tradition in 2016, putting up -1.9 WAR with -16 defensive runs saved and a .595 OPS.
San Francisco Giants – Javier Lopez: If he weren’t so beloved in San Fran, Lopez probably would’ve been DFA’d weeks ago, seeing as how he isn’t doing the one thing he’s paid to do: left-handed hitters own a .768 OPS against the 38-year-old southpaw.
Seattle Mariners – Adam Lind: Brought in from Milwaukee this offseason to bolster Seattle’s offense, Lind has struggled on the West Coast, posting a .699 OPS with his worst wRC+ (82) since his rookie season.
St. Louis Cardinals – Trevor Rosenthal: Booted from the closer role last month, Rosenthal just hasn’t been able to command his pitches this year, averaging a whopping 6.90 walks per nine innings en route to a 5.40 ERA and the most meltdowns (10) in the majors.
Tampa Bay Rays – Desmond Jennings: Almost everybody in a Rays uniform has been a disappointment this year, but Jennings has been downright unplayable, hitting .202/.286/.352 (-0.3 WAR) in 63 games before hitting the DL on July 4.
Texas Rangers – Prince Fielder: Though the Rangers boast a comfortable lead atop their division, they’ve received bupkis from his royal highness, as the 2015 AL Comeback Player of the Year owns a career-worst .639 OPS and sits second-last in the majors with -1.6 WAR.
Toronto Blue Jays – Drew Storen: A candidate for Toronto’s ninth-inning job this spring, Storen hasn’t handled a high-leverage situation in months, having stumbled to a 5.63 ERA and 38.8 percent half-contact rate in 2016 amid a marked decline in velocity.
Washington Nationals – Ryan Zimmerman: It’s not crazy to think Zimmerman could ride the pine down the stretch. Before landing on the DL on Friday, Zimmerman eked out a .686 OPS with the fourth-lowest batting average (.221) in the bigs.
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