10 MLB Players Who Deserve to be Traded After Early-Season Meltdowns
10 MLB Players That Fans Want to See Traded
As we come up on the two month mark of the season, it's becoming more and more clear who the elite teams and players will be this year. For the most part, all the division races are tight, and we've already got some clear candidates for the major awards.
With the separation of the good and bad teams, also comes some players that could become trade bait as the season progresses. We've already got players that have dug themselves into holes, that they probably won't get out of. Sometimes in baseball, it's just not your year, and that's likely the case with several of the players on this list.
This list of MLB players includes some players who may actually get put on the block as a result of their poor play, and some players that fans simply wish would get traded away. We're still early on in the season, so there is time for these MLB stars to get back on track, but it will be an uphill climb for most. Bad years happen in baseball, but hitting in the .100-range for an entire year, could spell the end of a big league career.
Players with an ERA over 4.99, or a batting average under .200, were the main targets for this list of players who deserved to be traded. Again, there's a difference between those who deserve to be traded, and those who are legitimate candidates to be traded, but there's a good mix of both on this list.
Let's take a look at 10 MLB players who deserve to be traded after early-season meltdowns:
Myers gets an early-season injury and currently being on the DL as an excuse for his poor play thus far, but he still boasts a 1-3 record with an ERA of 8.02. After 11 seasons in the majors, it's fair to wonder if he's simply ran out of gas. If he doesn't get his act together upon his return, a move could no doubt be in his future.
It's been an incredibly rough year for the once great Halladay. He currently sits on the DL with shoulder issues, but he was still able to inflate his ERA to 8.65 and WHIP to 1.46 in a month and half of work. Is this the end for the Doc?
The Cubs were hoping to get the left-handed pitching, hitting machine that was Hairston a year ago, but so far he's hitting a measly .125 with a .154 OBP. This is not going to cut it for an entire year, and if the Cubs are out of things in a couple months, like most expect they will be, Hairston could be on the move again.
Most Cubs' fans have wanted to see this guy get traded for years, but as one of the few power bats on the roster, he's kept his job. Soriano got off to a horrible start in 2013, only managing two RBI in April. In May he's got the bat going, but it still remains of question of 'when' rather than 'if' he'll be dealt.
Espinosa has never been a guy with a real high average, but he's redefining what that means in 2013, hitting a buck-68 so far. He's not even reaching base at respectable clip, as his OBP sits at .197. The time is now for Espinosa to really turn it on, or fans will really start to complain.
What can you really say about Marmol? He's just not that good. He lost his closer job within days of the start of the season, and now he's part of the mess that is the Cubs' bullpen. At one time, there was a market for this guy, and he was almost dealt for Dan Haren in the offseason, but now Chicago would be lucky to find a trade partner.
Lackey has not had a good career with the Red Sox, plain and simple. 2013 hasn't been any different, as the right-hander has compiled a 1-4 record so far, with a WHIP of 1.46. He's yet to get on track in Boston, and at 34-years old, his days in MLB might be numbered.
Weeks is having an awful 2013 so far, hitting a measly .175 with three home runs, and only 10 RBI. So far in the month of May, Weeks has one RBI, ONE. The Brewers currently sit in last place in the NL Central, and if Weeks keeps up his current pace, his days in Milwaukee could be over.
Coming off a year where he hit 32 home runs and drove in 90, many thought it could be a career-season for Davis in 2013. Well, it hasn't exactly played out that way. To date, Davis is hitting a buck-56, with 9 RBI. Demotion is an option for this guy, but I'm sure many fans would just like to see him traded at this point.
Dodgers' fans hoped the move to West Coast would be just the ticket for Beckett, but 2013 has been disastrous so for. The right-hander currently boasts a 0-5 record, with a 5.19 ERA. After a couple seasons of downward trending, and at 33 years of age, it's fair to wonder if this the end of the Josh Beckett that most fans are used to. Because as of now, he's not even an average pitcher.