The MLB is a league that always sees changes when looking at the standings. This is largely because transactions are the main reasons why teams end up being successful or ultimately fail in their quests of winning the World Series. This season has brought on an abundance of changes when looking at the standings and this could result in some massive moves when the off-season is upon us. There are many players on each team that they should seriously consider moving on from because a lot of them have just not been good matches. However, if a player is due for a significant raise and is on a rebuilding team, they should also expect to lose them because every player simply wants to win.
With all that has been stated thus far, we will be looking at one player on each MLB team that needs to be moved on from this off-season. This season has clearly brought on a lot of disappointments with certain teams involving their players and they will now look to change up their rosters because of it. It is also important to note that this year’s free agency class is expected to be extremely deep, so teams may decide to look for upgrades if it means that it will heighten their chances of winning the World Series. There is a lot to look forward to this off-season and we are definitely set to witness a very eventful ride.
Nonetheless, let’s look at the one player that each MLB team must get rid of this off-season!
30 Arizona Diamondbacks: Yasmany Tomas
Yasmany Tomas came into the MLB with a huge bang and appeared to be the next power hitting superstar for the Arizona Diamondbacks. However, just one season after his breakout year in 2016, he soon showed that the big money he earned was a huge mistake.
After an absolutely horrid season in 2017, Tomas is currently in the minors and it appears that his chances of being an everyday MLB player are decreasing immensely. The Diamondbacks should release him this off-season to save money.
29 Atlanta Braves: Brandon McCarthy
Brandon McCarthy was brought into the Atlanta Braves in hopes that he would be a solid middle of the pack starter. However, age has definitely caught up with McCarthy and he is having one of the worst seasons of his long career.
The Atlanta Braves should at least consider moving on from McCarthy this off-season because it is perfectly clear that they are now ready to look for better options elsewhere. The Braves would be able to save a lot of money and have no trouble bringing in a very solid replacement.
28 Baltimore Orioles: Chris Davis
Chris Davis was once the top power hitter on the Baltimore Orioles and it resulted in him getting his massive seven-year deal. However, ever since signing it, Davis has dropped off in skill immensely and it shows that this was an awful mistake.
This season Davis has been so bad that he is on the verge of having the worst season ever in the MLB. Davis is now sitting on the bench while making elite level money. The Orioles need to start their rebuild and should release Davis to get in far more cash to help with it.
27 Boston Red Sox: David Price
David Price and the Boston Red Sox was just an awful mix from the very start. Price just cannot handle the presence of the media and it has negatively impacted his game. He will likely opt out of his contract this off-season and have a fresh new start.
There is no question that Price could very well turn it around on a new team because he truly is an elite level pitcher. However, Boston has just been a poor match for him and he seems to be entirely off his game. Expect to see both sides move on from each other this off-season.
26 Chicago Cubs: Jason Heyward
The Chicago Cubs thought they were getting an elite outfielder when they handed Jason Heyward his massive contract. However, since he has joined the Cubs, he has been nothing but a massive bust. This is a contract they have to move out.
The Cubs have all the tools to be at the top of the league for a handful of more seasons, but they need more cash to keep their top players and bring new ones in. With that being said, it is time to release Heyward and find a better player.
25 Chicago White Sox: James Shields
When the Chicago White Sox acquired James Shields, they thought that they were getting their ace pitcher to help with their rebuild. However, since then, Shields has been awful for the White Sox and just a horrible addition.
The White Sox need to clear up their cap room and let Shields go away this off-season. Shields has been a horrible addition since he has arrived and they could find a far better replacement elsewhere. It will give them way more money to work with too.
24 Cincinnati Reds: Homer Bailey
It is extremely shocking that Homer Bailey has been able to stay with the Cincinnati Reds so long. Bailey has been awful for a handful of seasons and this is largely because of the fact that he has sadly been going through a ton of injuries.
This off-season will likely be the time where the Reds finally let Bailey go and use his money to bring in a far better pitcher. Bailey definitely had his moments of being good in the MLB, but it has been a very long time since that has happened.
23 Cleveland Indians: Andrew Miller
Andrew Miller was a key relief pitcher for the Cleveland Indians during their run for the World Series. However, this season has been a rough one for the setup man and it is very likely that the Indians will decide to move on from him.
The Indians have a lot of potential to finally win a World Series and losing Miller may seem bad at first. However, Miller definitely is not the same pitcher he once was and they can get a far better reliever for the bullpen this free agency period.
22 Colorado Rockies: Ian Desmond
The Colorado Rockies signed Ian Desmond in hopes that he would be the all-star he was just the season before. However, Desmond has struggled immensely with the Rockies and has even seen his role drop to becoming a bench player.
Due to the fact that Desmond makes a plethora of money and does virtually nothing productive, it is time for Colorado to let him go. They can find a far better player during the off-season with that cash that will help them finally make the postseason.
21 Detroit Tigers: Jordan Zimmermann
The Detroit Tigers have brought in a lot of bad contracts over the years, but Jordan Zimmermann takes the cake by far. After having a very solid tenure with the Washington Nationals, the Tigers signed the veteran to a massive deal and it has failed.
The Tigers need to move on from this starter if they can because his contract is hurting their rebuilding period. Although he is doing an okay job this year, he has failed to reach expectations for far too long and is not worth anything close to what he is making.
20 Houston Astros: Ken Giles
Ken Giles made a ton of attention when the Houston Astros decided to send him down to AAA. This happened because Giles has been awful this season and is no longer the closer he appeared to be during the past few seasons.
Giles also appears to have a very bad relationship with A.J. Hinch because it looks as if he swore at him before being sent down. The Astros need to move on from this veteran and create a better atmosphere for team morale for next season.
19 Kansas City Royals: Ian Kennedy
Ian Kennedy has just not been able to find his game with the Kansas City Royals and among the worst starters in the MLB this season. When looking at his horrible contract, the Royals will most likely need to move on from his this off-season.
Kennedy has had moments in his MLB career where he was a very talented starter, but those days are long gone. Kennedy could benefit with a smaller contract on a new team because there will be far less expectations on him moving forward.
18 Los Angeles Angels: Albert Pujols
Albert Pujols is one of the best hitters of this generation, but he sadly could not keep his game up since signing with the Los Angeles Angels. It is unbelievable that he signed a massive ten year deal and will be locked up there for many more seasons.
Although this may be difficult to do because he is a legend, the Angels should release him this off-season because he clearly is not a good player anymore. The Angels would save a plethora of money and could bring in better talent for Mike Trout.
17 Los Angeles Dodgers: Erisbel Arruebarrena
The Los Angeles Dodgers are paying millions of dollars to Erisbel Arruebarrena and he has not played for the major league club since 2014.
With that being stated, it is clearly time for the team to move on from the absolute bust.
The Dodgers need to bring in more talent to provide depth to their playoff bound roster, but contracts like Arruebarrena’s make that exceptionally challenging. It would not come as a surprise to anyone if the Dodgers finally move on from this horrid contract.
16 Miami Marlins: Martin Prado
During his prime years, Martin Prado was a very reliable baseball player and had a solid career. However, this season age has definitely caught up with Prado and he is struggling immensely. WIth the Marlins rebuilding, he will gone by next season.
Prado will likely end up retiring after this season because it is apparent that he no longer is a factor at the MLB level. The Marlins will certainly find a way to move on from his contract this off-season so they can get younger and save more cash.
15 Milwaukee Brewers: Ryan Braun
This may come as a shock to some, but it is definitely time for the Milwaukee Brewers to move on from Ryan Braun. Whether they somehow trade the veteran or even release him, it is apparent that he simply does not fit within the lineup anymore.
Braun’s career will forever be ruined by his off-field issuesand that definitely has dropped his skill over the last few seasons. Although it will be hard to move on from their franchise player, it has to be done if the Brewers ever want to build a team who can win.
14 Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier
Brian Dozier is a fantastic baseball player when he is on his game, but this season has been a hard one for the veteran. His batting average has dropped off immensely and his home run totals are not near the same as they were just last season.
Dozier is set to become a free agent and with no extension in place, they will likely need to move on from him next season. Dozier is a very talented player, but it does seem like it is time for the two parties to move on and go elsewhere.
13 New York Mets: Jose Bautista
It has been nice to see Jose Bautista try to prove that he is still worthy of being an MLB caliber player, but he definitely has lost some major steps. Bautista is nowhere close to the star he once was and will likely be out the league next season.
The New York Mets signed Bautista in hopes that he would maybe find his old game and give them the power bat they desperately needed. However, the signing has not worked out too well and the Mets have dropped off immensely at this stage.
12 New York Yankees: Jacoby Ellsbury
Jacoby Ellsbury was supposed to be a star with the New York Yankees and that is why the team gave him a seven year deal during the 2013 off-season. However, since then, Ellsbury has dropped off and now is on the bench most of the time.
With the Yankees on the verge of winning another World Series, they need to rid of this awful contract one way or another. The Yankees need pitching and losing Ellsbury’s horrid contract would allow them to land a potential ace for the rotation.
11 Oakland Athletics: Jed Lowrie
Jed Lowrie is having a fantastic season and absolutely deserved to play in the all-star this game. However, with the A’s in the midst of a rebuilding period, it is hard to believe that they will be willing to pay Lowrie the raise that he definitely deserves.
Lowrie could end up traded by the deadline if the A’s give up on their postseason push, but if not, he will be gone by the off-season. Lowrie will be seeking his first huge MLB contract and will definitely get it in terms of is annual salary.
10 Philadelphia Phillies: Tommy Hunter
Tommy Hunter has been in the MLB for a very long time and overall, he has done a decent job thus far. However, this season has been not a very strong one for Hunter and he could find himself moved this off-season because of his expensive contract.
The Phillies could find a better pitcher for the salary and ultimately should because they are in a win-now mode.They will likely be trying to land Machado via free agency after losing out to the Dodgers for him now, so they need as much extra cash as possible.
9 Pittsburgh Pirates: Francisco Cervelli
The Pittsburgh Pirates are in a full rebuilding period and currently are not full of too many bad contracts. One player that could look to move on from this off-season is Francisco Cervelli because his trade value is at its highest because of his great season.
Cervelli likely is a short-term catcher for them anyway, so it does not make much sense to keep him now. They could land themselves a pretty good group of prospects in return because every team is looking for a solid hitting starting catcher.
8 San Diego Padres: Brad Hand
The San Diego Padres are trying very hard to become real contenders in the MLB, but they are having another awful season. They have a tough decision when it comes to their close Brad Hand because they could lose him soon to free agency.
Although they do not want to lose Hand, they should trade him while his value is at its highest. Hand would bring in a very nice package in return and could give them pieces that end up making them far better in the long term future.
7 San Francisco Giants: Hunter Pence
The San Francisco Giants made one of the best trades in their history when they brought in Hunter Pence. Pence played a huge role in their 2012 and 2014 World Series Championships and will forever be loved by the city.
However, everything has changed for Pence over the last few seasons and he is nowhere close to being the star that he once was. Pence is getting older so that is most likely the reason for his drop in skill and the Giants should move on from him to save money.
6 Seattle Mariners: Felix Hernandez
Felix Hernandez was once the long-term ace of the Seattle Mariners and clearly was a star. Hernandez stayed loyal to the city when they were near the bottom of the MLB standings and it appears that he will finally get to play in the postseason.
However, Hernandez has dropped in skill immensely and is no longer close to what he used to be. Hernandez is now pitching below the league average and is showing signs that he will never be the same. Although it would be challenging, the time to release him is now.
5 St. Louis Cardinals: Adam Wainwright
Adam Wainwright was once the ace of the St. Louis Cardinals, but injuries have essentially derailed his once promising career. There is no question that he could be a solid fifth starter in a rotation, but not for the money that he is making.
With the Cardinals recently firing manager Mike Matheny, it is likely that they will be heading into a new direction next off-season. With that being stated, it would be smart for the Cardinals to move on from the aging veteran and bring in some new talent.
4 Tampa Bay Rays: Carlos Gomez
Carlos Gomez made headlines this season already when he completely destroyed his team’s gatorade container. This alone is just one primary example of Gomez’s well known temper and it may be time to move on from him because of it.
With the Rays being such a young team, they need veterans who can be real mentors to their younger players. Gomez is the last player that they should be learning from because he clearly is a hot head and someone who simply does not play the game respectfully.
3 Texas Rangers: Cole Hamels
Cole Hamels is now getting older and wants the chance to win another World Series. With that being said, this cannot happen if he stays with the Texan Rangers because they are clearly in a rebuilding period and do not have a bright future at this present time.
The Rangers have been shopping Hamels, but have yet to make a deal. It is likely that they could trade him during the off-season if it does not work during the deadline. Hamels still has a lot of trade value because of his past success, so teams will want him.
2 Toronto Blue Jays: Troy Tulowitzki
Troy Tulowitzki has yet to play this season with the Toronto Blue Jays and that is a very bad sign for the veteran. There is no question that Tulowitzki has shown signs of declining before this season, but now this injury could be the final straw.
The Blue Jays are rebuilding and need to free up their budget space so they can bring in new talent. Tulowitzki should be designated for assignment once he is healthy this off-season because it is apparent that his time with the Jays is coming to a close.
1 Washington Nationals: Matt Wieters
Matt Wieters has been nothing but a major disappointment since coming to the Washington Nationals. Wieters was supposed to be the Nationals star catcher that carried them to the World Series, but instead now is currently sitting on the bench.
The Nationals are likely going to have some tough problems this off-season with trying to re-sign Bryce Harper, so they need as much cash as possible. Ridding of Wieters’ awful contract should help with this a bit and finally rid them of a very dark chapter for them.