Every MLB Team’s Most Expendable Player of 2014

Every MLB Team's Most Expendable Player of 2014

Chase Headley San Diego Padres
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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.

New York Yankees – Brian Roberts 2B

Brian Roberts New York Yankees
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New York Yankees – Brian Roberts 2B

Brian Roberts New York Yankees
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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.

Chicago White Sox – Scott Downs RP

Scott Downs Chicago White Sox
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Chicago White Sox – Scott Downs RP

Scott Downs Chicago White Sox
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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.

Minnesota Twins – Pedro Florimon SS

Pedro Florimon Minnesota Twins
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Minnesota Twins – Pedro Florimon SS

Pedro Florimon Minnesota Twins
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Recently Florimon had only compiled a .029 average with a couple of runs scored for the season. That isn't all that good.

Detroit Tigers – Alex Gonzalez SS

Alex Gonzalez Detroit Tigers
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Detroit Tigers – Alex Gonzalez SS

Alex Gonzalez Detroit Tigers
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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.

Kansas City Royals – Billy Butler DH

Billy Butler Kansas City Royals
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Kansas City Royals – Billy Butler DH

Billy Butler Kansas City Royals
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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.

Colorado Rockies – Franklin Morales SP

Franklin Morales Colorado Rockies
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Colorado Rockies – Franklin Morales SP

Franklin Morales Colorado Rockies
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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.

Cincinnati Reds – Zack Cozart SS

Zack Cozart Cincinnati Reds
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Cincinnati Reds – Zack Cozart SS

Zack Cozart Cincinnati Reds
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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.

Boston Red Sox – Felix Doubront SP

Felix Doubront Boston Red Sox
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Boston Red Sox – Felix Doubront SP

Felix Doubront Boston Red Sox
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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.

Tampa Bay Rays - Logan Forysthe IF

Logan Forsythe Tampa Bay Rays
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Tampa Bay Rays - Logan Forysthe IF

Logan Forsythe Tampa Bay Rays
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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.

Texas Rangers – J.P. Arencibia C

J.P. Arencibia Texas Rangers
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Texas Rangers – J.P. Arencibia C

J.P. Arencibia Texas Rangers
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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.

Pittsburgh Pirates – Jordy Mercer SS

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Pittsburgh Pirates – Jordy Mercer SS

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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.

Philadelphia Phillies - Cody Asche 3B

Cody Asche Philadelphia Phillies
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Philadelphia Phillies - Cody Asche 3B

Cody Asche Philadelphia Phillies
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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.

San Diego Padres – Chase Headley 3B

Chase Headley San Diego Padres
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San Diego Padres – Chase Headley 3B

Chase Headley San Diego Padres
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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.

Baltimore Orioles – David Lough OF

David Lough Baltimore Orioles
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Baltimore Orioles – David Lough OF

David Lough Baltimore Orioles
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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.

Washington Nationals – Nate McLouth OF

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Washington Nationals – Nate McLouth OF

Nate McLouth Washington Nationals
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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.

New York Mets – Travis d'Arnaud C

Travis d'Arnaud New York Mets
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New York Mets – Travis d'Arnaud C

Travis d'Arnaud New York Mets
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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.

Miami Marlins – Mike Dunn RP

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Miami Marlins – Mike Dunn RP

Mike Dunn Miami Marlins
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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.

Seattle Mariners – Erasmo Ramirez SP

Erasmo Ramirez Seattle Mariners
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Seattle Mariners – Erasmo Ramirez SP

Erasmo Ramirez Seattle Mariners
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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.

Cleveland Indians – Carlos Carrasco SP

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Cleveland Indians – Carlos Carrasco SP

Carlos Carrasco Cleveland Indians
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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.

San Francisco Giants – Juan Perez OF

Juan Perez San Francisco Giants
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San Francisco Giants – Juan Perez OF

Juan Perez San Francisco Giants
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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.

Los Angeles Dodgers – A.J. Ellis C

A.J. Ellis Los Angeles Dodgers
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Los Angeles Dodgers – A.J. Ellis C

A.J. Ellis Los Angeles Dodgers
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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.

Arizona Diamondbacks – Trevor Cahill SP

Trevor Cahill Arizona Diamondbacks
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Arizona Diamondbacks – Trevor Cahill SP

Trevor Cahill Arizona Diamondbacks
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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?

Chicago Cubs – Luis Valbuena 3B

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Chicago Cubs – Luis Valbuena 3B

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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.

St. Louis Cardinals – Allen Craig OF

Allen Craig St. Louis Cardinals
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St. Louis Cardinals – Allen Craig OF

Allen Craig St. Louis Cardinals
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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.

Milwaukee Brewers – Jim Henderson RP

Jim Henderson Milwaukee Brewers
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Milwaukee Brewers – Jim Henderson RP

Jim Henderson Milwaukee Brewers
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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.

Atlanta Braves – Luis Avilan RP

Luis Avilan Atlanta Braves
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Atlanta Braves – Luis Avilan RP

Luis Avilan Atlanta Braves
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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.

Toronto Blue Jays – Esmil Rogers RP

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Toronto Blue Jays – Esmil Rogers RP

Esmil Rogers Toronto Blue Jays
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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.

Oakland Athletics – Jim Johnson RP

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Oakland Athletics – Jim Johnson RP

Jim Johnson Oakland Athletics
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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.

Houston Astros – Marc Krauss 1B

Marc Krauss Houston Astros
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Houston Astros – Marc Krauss 1B

Marc Krauss Houston Astros
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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.

Los Angeles Angels – David Freese 3B

David Freese Los Angeles Angels
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Los Angeles Angels – David Freese 3B

David Freese Los Angeles Angels
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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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