By David Miller @DavidMillerRant on April 18, 2014
When it comes to MLB players, there is something to be said for potential and past ability. Eventually however all of that falls away and what every player is doing now is what must matter the most. Every MLB team has at least one player that has shown themselves to be expendable at this point in the season. The teams are listed in reverse alphabetical order from the New York Yankees to Los Angeles Angels.
Everyone knew second base had the potential to be a problem and Roberts isn't doing much to quell those fears. He is batting .129 with one RBI and three runs scored. Right now he would not be hard to replace.
Downs has proven himself a reliable relief pitcher in the past but 2014 has not been kind to him. He is sporting a 13 plus ERA and has only pitched a couple of innings.
Recently Florimon had only compiled a .029 average with a couple of runs scored for the season. That isn't all that good.
Shortstop was going to be an issue from the moment the main man went down for the Tigers and it is. Gonzalez looked alright at first but he only has a few runs to his credit this season. The Tigers really don't have a decent offensive option at short right now.
Butler was once a big offensive force on this team but in the past year or so he has really faltered. That trend has continued into 2014.
Starter Morales has a 6.39 ERA through 12.2 innings this season. The Rockies are better than that in most every other pitching slot and need better from that spot.
The Reds have a pretty decent offensive team for the most part but Cozart only has a few RBI and a low average to show for his season and the Reds need better from short.
Through 14.2 innings, Doubront has a 6.75 ERA. With the Red Sox not looking very champion-like right now, they might need to make a move here.
On the surface, Forsythe was a great addition to the Rays this offseason. When it comes to what he has done so far however, it isn't a lot. He only has one run scored with zero RBI or home runs so far.
Some might have feared this was coming for the Rangers but Arencibia is just doing nothing offensively. His fellow catcher is a better option right now and could relegate Arencibia to back-up status if he doesn't change things around.
With a .171 average, zero home runs and only a couple of RBI, Mercer certainly is not someone who would be difficult to replace at this point for the Pirates.
Asche has shown promise but is not doing so in 2014. There is little doubt that Ryne Sandberg will find other ways around this problem but they could just replace him.
This is difficult to admit but if we forget the name and his past for a minute, it becomes clearer. He is currently sitting at .160 with one home run and a few RBI. The Padres could probably plug almost anyone, even a young prospect and get those numbers.
Maybe Lough is heading in the right direction but for now he is barely over .120 with a couple of RBI. Chances are good that they could get that production from almost anyone.
The Nats made a big deal of the signing of McLouth this past offseason. He is a quality player more times than not but is not doing much right now. Actually he has done nothing offensively in his fourth outfielder role and his defense has also been suspect.
D'Arnaud can be a very good story potentially but he is currently struggling with a .154 average, 1 home run and 3 RBI. Anthony Recker has slightly better numbers in half the playing time.
The Marlins have put forth a pretty good team effort so far in 2014 but Dunn isn't holding his end in the bargain with an ERA nearing 10.00.
The Mariners are stretched thin at starting pitching of course but they could still improve upon what Ramirez has brought them so far. It isn't terrible but he will probably see a quick exit when the starting staff grows healthier.
It looked in the spring like Carrasco was the perfect choice for fifth starter for the Tribe but with an ERA close to 8.00, it is beginning to look like Trevor Bauer needs to get another full time shot.
Perez is a fourth outfield option for the Giants and comes off of the bench when the need arises. So far he is doing a lot of nothing however. Literally anyone could replace what he has done so far.
The Dodgers are looking good again but once again Ellis doesn't look too great at all. He is sitting on zero home runs and RBI with only one run scored over a .167 average.
Honestly you could pick almost any member of the Dbacks pitching staff to place here. Cahill is having a terrible season just like the rest of the staff. How about 0 – 4 with a 9.17 ERA? Can you call Archie Bradley back up please for goodness sake, Dbacks?
With only a little contribution coming from him so far, it is clear that Mike Olt is a better option to get most playing time.
It might seem a little odd to see his name here but look at the numbers so far. He recently got his first home run and has done very little else. Between he and the others, Jon Jay really should be getting more and more playing time.
There isn't a lot going wrong for the Brewers right now but Henderson certainly is. His home run happy early going has turned into a 5 plus ERA. Admittedly the Brewers worst so far isn't nearly as bad as some other worsts for other teams but still, they could add someone else to do as well as he is right now.
Nobody knows why exactly but Avilan is really getting knocked around this season. His last season and other past seasons shouldn't matter if he continues to get killed every time out.
A lot is surprisingly going right for the Blue Jays in the early going as well but Rogers isn't. He has an ERA of well over 6.00 and needs to improve or be optioned.
This is as unbelievable as anyone on this list. When the A's grabbed Johnson it seemed like they had masterfully improved their closer options. For now at least, Johnson can barely get through an inning and has lost the closer job.
They have brought up George Springer or Robbie Grossman would be here. Also Lucas Harrell would be if hey had not designated him recently. As it stands, it seems clear that the Astros will soon displace someone at first with young and big swinging prospect Jon Singleton.
I don't know why but Freese is just not doing much. With his current output, it would seem a better option to call up their high ranking third base prospect instead of having traded for him.
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