The MLB regular season is all but over, and as the final teams clinch the remaining couple playoff spots ahead of the October 2nd and 3rd Wild Card round games, fans are chomping at the bit for playoffs to get underway.
In the American League, the Boston Red Sox improved quite a bit on their record from last year, currently sitting with a record of 107-52 this season, improving from their third-place AL record of 93-69 last season. Just behind them, however, are the defending champs, the Houston Astros, who have a record of 100-58. For the Astros, they will look to once again make a run to the World Series where they hope to win back-to-back championships.
In the National League, the 2016 World Series Champions, the Chicago Cubs, once again returned to the top of their division with a record of 93-66, making them one of just two teams to clinch a playoff spot at the present time in the NL along with the second-place Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers, who currently have a record of 92-67, have improved quite a bit from last season so far, where they finished with an 86-76 record that saw them miss the playoffs last season.
We are going to be naming which player every MLB team should cut this offseason going off of last seasons final standings in the regular season, taking into account errors, contract size in regards to cap space, batting averages, and pitching stats when applicable.
30 Arizona Diamondbacks - Shelby Miller
Shelby Miller is on his third year with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and so far he has pitched the worst season of his career while also playing in the second-fewest amount of games in his career. With an ERA of 11.40, Miller has given up 5 home runs in just 15 innings. Given that he is currently on a one-year, $4.9 million contract, the Diamondbacks would likely prefer to see more production out of him.
29 Atlanta Braves - Brandon McCarthy
Brandon McCarthy is currently on a massive four-year, $48-million contract with the Atlanta Braves after joining the team this season from the Los Angeles Dodgers. So far, McCarthy has played in 15 games and has racked up one of the worst ERAs on the team, and of his career, at 4.92. In addition, he has given up 94 hits and 45 home runs, putting him fifth on the team for runs allowed despite the fact that he has pitched nearly half the games the pitchers who have given up more than him. We don't expect such stats from a player being paid $11.5 million.
28 Baltimore Orioles - Dylan Bundy
Dylan Bundy was drafted as the fourth overall pick of the 2011 draft by the Baltimore Orioles. Since then, Bundy has seemed unable to find his stride as he spent 2012-2015 in the minor leagues before being called up to the Orioles in 2016. Since then, Bundy's ERA has gone from 4.02 to 5.49 from 2016 to this season. In addition, Bundy has given up more hits and runs than any other pitcher on the Orioles while leading the team in innings played. Given that Bundy went through a five-year, $6.25 million contract that ended in 2016, the Orioles may want to consider leaning on another starting pitcher after Bundy's one-year, $1.64 million contract expires this offseason.
27 Boston Red Sox - Drew Pomeranz
Currently on a one-year, $8.5 million contract with the Boston Red Sox, Drew Pomeranz is pitching the worst statistical career of his career. With an ERA of 6.37 to go along with 51 runs given up, putting him at fourth on the team, Pomeranz has pitched in just 70 innings, fewer than the vast majority of Red Sox starting pitchers. Given the size of his contract, the Red Sox will likely look to part ways with Pomeranz at the end of this season.
26 Chicago Cubs - Tyler Chatwood
Tyler Chatwood has struggled this season, posting a 5.30 ERA in 24 games over 103.2 innings pitched. During that time he has given up the fifth most home runs out of any Cubs pitcher with 9, despite playing in fewer innings than the four players above him. With that being said, Chatwood has the lowest ERA, which is the second-worst of his professional career. He's currently on the first year of a three-year, $38 million contract with the Cubs, however, the team will likely want him to pick up his production.
25 Chicago White Sox - James Shields
James Shields is currently on the third year of a four-year contract with the Chicago White Sox that will see him make $75 million over the course of four years. The contract is a massive one and one that would ideally like to see him produce a record better than 7-16. Throughout the course of his 33 starts this season, in addition, he has given up more home runs than anyone else on the team with 34, putting him in second to the last place in the MLB for most home runs allowed. That's not the kind of stat you want to lead the team in when you're making $21 million this year.
24 Cincinnati Reds - Curt Casali
At 29-years-old, Curt Casali is in his fifth year in the MLB and his first with the Cincinnati Reds. Over the course of 50 games, Casali has had 128 at-bats, averaging just .222, his lowest average in three seasons. In the field, Casali has committed 4 errors so far this season, putting him at sixth for the most errors on the team. Fortunately for the Reds he is on a one-year $545,000 contract, and the Reds will have the opportunity to look to another player depending on his performance throughout the rest of the season.
23 Cleveland Indians - Josh Tomlin
Cleveland Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin has spent his entire eight-season career with the Indians franchise after being drafted in the 19th round of the 2006 draft. The pitcher has had one of the worst seasons of his career, with a current ERA of 6.14, one of the worst on the team, giving up the most amount of home runs on the team despite pitching in just 70 innings, lower than six other Indians pitchers. Given that he's in the final year of a $3 million contract, and keeping his declining performance in mind, the Indians could very well look to replace Tomlin after this season.
22 Colorado Rockies - Chad Bettis
Chad Bettis is currently on a one-year contract with the Colorado Rockies that will see him earn $2 million this year. The pitcher has played in 117.1 innings this season, the second-most of his career. With that being said he has given up 119 hits and 71 runs, the second-most of his career. In addition, he has posted the worst ERA since his second season in the league with 5.06. The Rockies will likely look to give Bettis less playing time next season if they decide to bring him back in his arbitration year.
21 Detroit Tigers - Jim Adduci
Last season, Detroit Tigers first baseman/right fielder Jim Adduci finished 16th on the Tigers for batting average at 83 at-bats over 29 games. At 33-years-old, Adduci's stats have taken a bit of a drop this season, specifically in the On-Base Percentage category, where he has dropped from .323 to .286 this season. In addition, Adduci currently ranks sixth on the Tigers this season for errors with 7 over 50 games. Adduci is currently on a one-year $545,000 contract with the Tigers, who may want to consider parting ways with the veteran after calling him up from the Toledo Mud Hens.
20 Houston Astros - Jake Marisnick
Jake Marisnick is currently having one of the worst batting seasons of his career with a batting average of .212 to go along with a poor.270 on-base percentage. Currently on a one-year, $1.9 million contract with the Astros, the center fielder has just 44 hits at 208 at-bats over 100 games, on par with the number of games he has played in previous seasons. With that being said, this season has seen a drop in Marisnick's batting percentage once again.
19 Kansas City Royals - Jason Hammel
The Kansas City Royals currently have Jason Hammel on a two-year, $16 million contract that will see him earn $9 million this year. Given that, it isn't good that Hammel has one of the worst ERAs on the team with 6.02, giving up more runs than any other pitcher on the team with the exception of Jakob Junis, who tied Hammel with 91 runs. The difference is that Hammel has played in just 127 innings this season, while Junis has played in 171. The Royals will likely look to capitalize on the buyout option in his contract at the end of this season.
18 Los Angeles Angels - Luis Valbuena
Currently on the first year of a front-loaded two-year contract worth $8.5 million that sees Valbuena making $8 million this season alone, Luis Valbuena hasn't performed at the plate, or in the field. With a .199 batting average, one of the lowest on the team, and a .253 on-base percentage, the second-lowest of his ten-year career, Valbuena simply doesn't command the price the Angels signed him for. In the field he has committed 8 errors, the second-most on the team, despite playing in less than half the innings of Andrelton Simmons, who leads the team with 10 errors committed.
17 Los Angeles Dodgers - Brock Stewart
Unsurprisingly, the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had the best record of the 2017 season don't exactly have many holes in their roster. With that being said, however, pitcher Brock Stewart has been having a bit of a rough season. Currently inactive due to injury, the 26-year old Stewart has racked up one of the worst ERAs out of any Dodgers pitcher with 6.11, giving up four home runs over just 17.2 innings pitched. Given that he is expected to miss the rest of the season, and he hasn't been performing, the Dodgers may want to consider abandoning the Illinois State alum.
16 Miami Marlins - Yadiel Rivera
Yadiel Rivera may have slugged the two-run homer that won the Miami Marlins their recent game against the Cincinnati Reds, however, his batting averages have been rather unimpressive throughout the course of his four-year career. This season has seen Rivera play in 109 games, a career-high for the Puerto Rico native. Unfortunately, it has also seen Rivera's batting average drop to .176. In addition, despite playing in just 312 innings he sits tied for sixth for most errors committed. As he is currently on a one-year, $508,000 contract, the Marlins will likely look to move on from Rivera.
15 Milwaukee Brewers - Mike Moustakas
The Milwaukee Brewers picked up Mike Moustakas this season from the Kansas City Royals after playing 76 games for the team. Over the course of the season, Moustakas has committed 10 errors over the course of 1060 innings played. This seems consistent with Moustakas' stats in past years where he has committed between 11 and 19 errors throughout his career in seasons where he has played over 1000 innings. Given that his contract has a $2-million buyout option next season, expect the Brewers to capitalize on it.
14 Minnesota Twins - Miguel Sano
Miguel Sano is currently in his fourth year in the league, all of which have been spent with the Minnesota Twins. Unfortunately for Sano, this season has seen him hit the lowest batting average of his career, as well as the lowest on-base percentage of his career. In the field, Sano has committed 10 errors, the second-most on the team, despite playing in just 563 innings, less than any other player in the top 5 for most errors committed. Expect the Twins to either relegate Sano to a lesser role, or move on from him altogether after this season.
13 New York Mets - Jose Reyes
Currently on a one-year, $2-million contract, Jose Reyes just doesn't command the money he once did. Despite starting in just 46 games, and playing in a total of 64 this season as a backup 3rd baseman, Reyes sits in third on the team for most errors with 8. In addition, he has posted one of the worst batting averages on the team with a .190 average over the course of 221 at-bats. Given his salary, the Mets may want to consider parting ways with the veteran, who doesn't seem capable of playing at the level the team needs.
12 New York Yankees - Lance Lynn
Lance Lynn is currently on a massive one-year, $12 million contract he signedwith the Minnesota Twins that saw the team send him to the Yankees midway through this season. Lynn has given up 61 runs this season to go along with 105 hits in just 102 innings played. This brings his ERA for the season to 5.10. The Yankees will likely look to either part ways with Lynn at the end of the season, or negotiate a new contract worth much less money.
11 Oakland Athletics - Kendall Graveman
Kendall Graveman is currently in his fifth year in the league and has the highest ERA of his professional career with 7.60 over 7 games played. Despite playing in just 34.1 innings this season, Graveman has given up the sixth most runs on the team, despite playing in just a fraction of the innings the players who have given up more runs than him have. As he is currently on a one-year $2.6 million contract, the Athletics will likely look to part ways with Graveman after this season.
10 Philadelphia Phillies - Andrew Knapp
The Philadelphia Phillies' secondary infield squad needs some work, and Andrew Knapp isn't necessarily doing the team any favors. So far this season over the course of 50 games, Knapp has racked up 8 errors, the seventh most on the Phillies. Aside from fellow second-league player J.P. Crawford who ranks just above Knapp with 9 errors, the five players on the team with the most errors have all played in over 100 games, making Knapp's 8 errors in 50 games an alarming stat for the Phillies.
9 Pittsburgh Pirates - Sean Rodriguez
Sean Rodriguez is currently on a one-year contract with the Pirates, and fortunately for them, they will have the option to part ways with the 33-year old at the end of the season. Rodriguez has struggled with his batting the last couple seasons, averaging below a .170 batting average in back to back seasons. In addition, Rodriguez currently sits tied for fourth on the Pirates for most errors committed despite playing in just a fraction of the innings the players ranked above him have.
8 San Diego Padres - Austin Hedges
This year is Austin Hedges' fourth with the San Diego Padres since being drafted as the 82nd overall pick in the 2011 draft by the San Diego franchise. Last season saw Hedges pick up a larger role in the team, playing in 115 games and starting in 109. With that being said, he committed 10 errors over the course of the season. While the season may have been considered a learning opportunity for Hedges, so far this season he has committed 11 errors in the field over just 82 games. On the batting side, Hedges currently has a below-average batting average and on-base-percentage for the team.
7 San Francisco Giants - Kelby Tomlinson
Last season Kelby Tomlinson had 194 at-bats with the San Francisco Giants over the course of 104 games. During that time he racked up a .258 batting average to go along with a solid .332 on-base percentage. While his on-base percentage isn't necessarily the worst on the team, it marked a significant drop from his .370 on-base percentage in 2016. In addition, this season he is tied for fourth place on the team for most fielding errors with 6. Tomlinson will be earning $560,000 this year before becoming arbitration eligible from 2019-2021. Given his decline, the Giants may want to look to change things up at the end of this season.
6 Seattle Mariners - Felix Hernandez
At 32-years-old, Felix Hernandez is currently on the sixth year of a seven-year contract worth $175 million that will see him make $26.8 million this season. Given that, the Mariners would likely prefer that Hernandez had an ERA higher than 5.50, one of the worst on the team. In addition, Hernandez has given up the third-most hits, and more home runs than any other pitcher on the team. That comes in just 155 innings pitched, the fourth most on the team. Given that Hernandez currently has the worst ERA of his 13-year career, the Mariners need to dump Hernandez' contract.
5 St. Louis Cardinals - Luke Weaver
Luke Weaver has currently given up more runs than any other pitcher on the St. Louis Cardinals, and the second most home runs on the team. With an ERA of 4.95 over 136 innings, Weaver has an ERA higher than any other pitcher on the team with over 100 innings pitched. Because he is currently on a one-year contract, the Cardinals will likely look to find someone to replace Weaver this offseason.
4 Tampa Bay Rays - Carlos Gomez
The 32-year-old right fielder is currently on a one-year, $4 million contract that will see him become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. Gomez is currently having the worst statistical batting season of his career with a .210 average and a .299 on-base percentage. In the field, Gomez sits at fourth for the most errors on the team with 7 in 212 total chances. As a result, the Rays will likely look to put their money elsewhere after this season unless Gomez can pick it up.
3 Texas Rangers - Adrian Beltre
By no means is Adrian Beltre the worst player on the Texas Rangers, but given the massive two-year, $36 million contract he's currently finishing up, the Rangers likely would like to see Beltre perform better than he has. Currently sitting with a .272 batting average, Beltre does have one of the highest on-base percentages in the league. With that being said, however, his batting stats have continued to decline this season in comparison to last season, where he had a .312 batting average. In the field, Beltre is tied for second most errors on the team with 10, despite playing in under 600 innings this season. Given that he no longer commands the same salary as he did when his current contract was signed, expect the Rangers to look to part ways with Beltre.
2 Toronto Blue Jays - Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman currently has one of the worst ERAs on the Toronto Blue Jays for this season, giving up the third most hits and runs on the team over just 102 innings, less than the players ranked above him. Stroman's 5.54 ERA is the lowest of his career, seeing a significant drop from last season, where he finished with a 3.09 ERA over 201 innings played. Given that he is on the final year of a contract that sees him earning $6.5 million this year, expect the Blue Jays to look to part ways with the 27-year-old by the end of this season.
1 Washington Nationals - Sammy Solis
Sammy Solis is currently 30-years-old, and pitching the worst statistical season of his career, posting a 6.18 ERA in 39 innings pitched over 55 games. While he isn't the worst pitcher on the Nationals, Solis certainly isn't exactly helping the team right now. In addition, he has one of the highest WHIP averages on the team with 1.53. Given his age, and unfortunate performance this season, the Nationals likely will look to move on from Solis after this season.