Now that the Cubs are out of the postseason (were they ever really in it?), it's inevitably time to turn our focus, as fans, to the offseason. This is always a fun time. But this year in particular is going to be even funner (fine, "more fun"). The 2018-2019 free agent class is pretty stacked (understatement). There are names like Harper, Machado, Kershaw (maybe), Bumgarner (maybe). There are even lesser household names like Marwin Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal available as well. Oh the possibilities!
Personally, I can't wait for the postseason to end. I think the Cubs potential to land some very large household names is very good. Let's just keep extending that competitive window, eh?
But in looking through who was available while preparing for our most recent podcast, it got me thinking, with all the awesome talent available on the open market, what's the worst possible team you could field with only the players available to sign this year? How bad could we make it...really?
So with that thought, I started combing through Fangraphs to see if I could find the real opposites of "diamonds in the rough." Would that be just "rough?" Or maybe even "turds in the rough?"
I took a few things into consideration when trying to put together this All-S
tar Turd team.
- Only their 2018 production
- At least 80 games played
- Slash line
- Errors Committed
- Total fWAR
Are there other more mathematical approaches to this? Most definitely. Are these the only stats you should take into consideration when deciding who and who not to sign as a baseball club? Not even close. But I wanted to make it easy. So here we are.
I used the MLBTR site as the basis for the 2018-2019 free agents. You can find that here.
[Before I go down my starting lineup, let me say one quick thing about all these guys: they are still professional athletes. They would all be better than me at so so so SO many different things. And they've all worked extremely hard to get out of the minors and into the major leagues. Because of that, I don't want to poo poo on their individual careers. Instead, all I'm saying is that if you were to put these types of players on the same team at the same time for 162 games, it would be very bad.]
All-Turd Starting Lineup:
Woof. Amirite? Cubs fans probably remember batflippin' Valbuena who was part of the organization before they really got back on top (I always liked him). And Cubs fans definitely remember Rajai Davis for obvious reasons. But there really isn't a lot to like about that lineup especially when the combined fWAR is in the negatives. I guess one positive would be the potential backstop presence of Mesoraco. His problem has never been his talent, it's always been his ability to stay on the field. And sadly, 2018 was probably one of his better years simply because he played.
What do you think of this list? What's yours?
Stay tuned for the pitching version of this exercise.