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Heading into the 2015 All-Star break, the MLB landscape has two teams leading the pack (the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals), one team getting crushed in the standings (Philadelphia Phillies), a handful of floundering organizations (Miami, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Colorado) and a plethora of playoff hopefuls clogging the middle.

In the American League East, for instance, the first-place New York Yankees and last-place Boston Red Sox are separated by just 6.5 games at the halfway point. In fact, all 15 teams in the AL have more than 40 wins. Only the Royals have more than 50 wins.

With so much parity this season, the playoff race is far from over. One or two wins may ultimately be the difference between a team that reaches the postseason, and a franchise that has to watch from home.

So with that in mind, PointAfter set out to find the least valuable player on each MLB team at the midway point. The idea was to pin down players who, while playing or pitching regularly, have hurt their team’s chances more than they’ve helped. For teams in the hunt, these guys must turn things around soon. It will be time to replace them with a substitute or a fresh face via trade if they fail to do so.

Arizona Diamondbacks: Rubby De La Rosa

Rubby De La Rosa: 2015 Diamondbacks Stats | PointAfter

In an offseason trade that hasn’t worked out for either side thus far, the Arizona Diamondbacks shipped left-handed pitcher Wade Miley to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for right-handers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster.

De La Rosa has been granted a long leash in the desert, as he leads the D-Backs in games started (18) and innings pitched (110.1) at the break. Unfortunately for manager Chip Hale, only eight of De La Rosa’s 18 starts have been quality (completing at least six innings while permitting no more than three earned runs). His 5.06 ERA is the worst among Arizona’s four key starters, and his WAR (wins above replacement) of -0.2 shows that he’s hurting the D-Backs’ chances overall.

Atlanta Braves: Jonny Gomes

Jonny Gomes: 2015 Braves Stats | PointAfter

A case could be made here for Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran, who served up 16 home runs in the first half of the season en route to a -0.3 WAR. However, veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes has to be the choice.

Although he’s gained a sterling reputation around the league for his upbeat attitude and tremendous locker room presence, those qualities haven’t helped his on-field production in Atlanta. His slash line of .207/.312/.338 is terrible, and while he hasn’t yet committed a fielding error, his dWAR (defensive wins above replacement) of -0.6 is the third-worst mark on the team.

Baltimore Orioles: Bud Norris

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There’s genuinely no contest for the Baltimore Orioles‘ goat of 2015’s first half. Starting pitcher Bud Norris, who compiled a 15-8 record with a 3.65 ERA last season, has completely fallen apart.

In just 14 appearances for Baltimore, Norris is 2-9 with a whopping 6.86 ERA. His WAR of -1.8 ranks dead last out of 636 MLB pitchers. He might provide some value out of the bullpen moving forward, but it’s clear the O’s can’t afford to keep running him out to the mound every fifth game.

Boston Red Sox: Mike Napoli

Mike Napoli: 2015 Red Sox Stats | PointAfter

The last-place Red Sox have a handful of candidates vying for least valuable status throughout the first half of the season. Hanley Ramirez’s shockingly awful defensive acumen (or lack thereof) in left field dragged him down considerably, but he’s been good enough offensively to stave off the “worst starter” moniker.

The pitching staff as a whole (and particularly Rick Porcello’s 5.90 ERA) also hasn’t helped matters. However, Mike Napoli’s prolonged slump at the plate and negative dWAR in the field plants him here. He’s popped 10 homers, but a .193 average is just too abysmal to ignore.

Chicago Cubs: Starlin Castro

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Young Dominican shortstop Starlin Castro made a name for himself throughout his first three seasons in the Majors. He hit at least .300 in 2010 and 2011, then topped out with a career-best 3.4 WAR in 2012 while hitting .282 with 25 stolen bases and 14 homers (also career-highs).

Since then, Castro has been marred by inconsistency. He hit just .245 in 2013 before bouncing back last year, but has regressed again back to .247 in 2015. His OPS sits at a career-worst .604 and he’s contributed -0.3 win shares. His defense has been respectable, but struggles at the plate stick out on a Cubs team that has a legitimate shot at making the postseason for the first time since ’08.

Chicago White Sox: Avisail Garcia

Avisail Garcia: WAR by Season | PointAfter

Avisail Garcia has been a decent hitter this season for the Chicago White Sox, but he’s been an absolute eyesore in right field. With -1.2 defensive wins above replacement on the diamond, few fielders have been worse than Garcia this season.

He hasn’t been Hanley Ramirez-level bad, but he also hasn’t been hitting as well as Ramirez. Add it all up, and the ChiSox outfielder is set to finish with a negative WAR for the season, as he did in 2014.

Cincinnati Reds: Burke Badenhop

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It’s tough to overlook the damage veteran pitcher Jason Marquis was able to do in just nine starts before getting DFA’d by the Reds. He posted a -1.2 WAR and 6.46 ERA prior to his release. But because he’s no longer suiting up with Cincy, we need another candidate to fill the void.

Enter: Burke Badenhop.

The 32-year-old reliever was tremendous out of the Boston Red Sox bullpen a season ago. In 70 appearances, he notched a 2.29 ERA, 1.5 WAR and collected 13 holds. In 2015 for Cincinnati, Badenhop’s ERA of 5.03 through 33 appearances is the worst since his rookie year. And, in 34 innings pitched, he has nearly as many walks allowed (10) as he has strikeouts (15). The offseason acquisition has not had a smooth transition back to the National League.

Cleveland Indians: Brandon Moss

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Brandon Moss may be leading the team in both home runs (14) and RBI (46) at the break, but he’s still been a net-negative as far as WAR is concerned due to poor defensive play.

Of course, even with the power numbers present, Moss hasn’t been stellar at the plate, either. His slash line of .220/.296/.427 with a team-leading 93 strikeouts leaves a lot to be desired. Oddly, he’s been much better against left-handed pitching.

Colorado Rockies: Kyle Kendrick

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Picking on a starting pitcher who has to play the majority of his games in the hitter-friendly Coors Field altitude isn’t particularly fair, but Kyle Kendrick has been getting shelled repeatedly this season for the Rockies.

The 30-year-old former Philly has surrendered an MLB-worst 23 home runs heading into the All-Star break. He’s also allowed six triples and 23 doubles—factors not helping to lower his career-worst 5.94 ERA.

Detroit Tigers: Shane Greene

Shane Greene: ERA and Runs Allowed Throughout 2015 | PointAfter

You might have noticed Shane Greene’s name floundering at the bottom of the list of pitchers by WAR along with Bud Norris. The 26-year-old right-hander, who was traded to Detroit from the Yankees in a three-team deal in December, has been comparably dreadful.

Greene actually started the season on an absolute tear. He pitched 23 innings combined in his first three starts and allowed just one earned run. With a 3-0 record and 0.39 ERA, it appeared as if the Tigers poached a potential ace away from NY. He came hurdling back down to earth in his next two starts, though, surrendering 15 earned runs over 8.1 innings pitched. He hasn’t found the same mojo since.

Houston Astros: Chris Carter

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Like free-swingers named Mark Reynolds, Adam Dunn and Ryan Howard, Chris Carter has gained a reputation as an all-or-nothing hitter.

That label has never been more apt than in 2015. The 28-year-old first baseman has smacked 15 homers thus far, but he’s also struck out an eye-popping 115 times in just 287 at-bats (his batting average sits at a paltry .185). If he continues whiffing at the pace he’s set, he’ll break Reynolds’ infamous record of 223 strikeouts in a single season.

Kansas City Royals: Alex Rios

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Alex Rios missed a large chunk of time from early April to late May with a hand injury. Upon his return, the veteran outfielder posted a slash line of .189/.219/.211 in June—truly inexcusable numbers for a professional.

Rios showed signs of turning things around with a .316 average and .350 OBP for July heading into All-Star festivities, but a -0.6 dWAR in the outfield shows that the 34-year-old is hurting the Royals in other ways as well. Kansas City has been more than good enough to cover those flaws, but it makes sense at this juncture to go with speedster Jarrod Dyson over the experience of Rios.

Los Angeles Angels: Matt Joyce

Matt Joyce 2015 Strike Zone Heat Map | PointAfter

Matt Joyce carved a niche with the Tampa Bay Rays as a reliable hitter who could get on base and hit home runs, but his move to the opposite coast has been met with disaster.

Through 78 games played, Joyce has a meager .190/.281/.319 slash line. He’s also started 52 games in left field, where he’s accumulated a dWAR of -0.7. When a guy isn’t hitting or fielding his position to an average degree, it’s time to give someone else a shot.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Jimmy Rollins

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The other MLB team with “Los Angeles” as its prefix might have an even bigger issue on its hands in terms of playing an under-performing veteran while young studs wait in limbo.

As Grantland’s Jonah Keri wrote in a July column, Rollins has really struggled at the plate this season while doubling as a below-average defender. All the while, shortstop prospect Corey Seager has played well in the Minors (dominating AA and and hitting for a solid average in AAA). Embracing more of a youth movement (a la Joc Pederson) seems to be LA’s best course of action.

Miami Marlins: Ichiro Suzuki

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It pains us to say it, because Ichiro Suzuki is a living legend and one of the best baseball players to ever lace up the cleats, but Father Time claims everyone’s career in the end.

The 41-year-old Japanese outfielder has a lifetime on-base percentage of .359, but his OBP in 2015 is a lackluster .307. He’s a 10-time Gold Glove award winner, but the advanced stats haven’t been kind to him as he’s gotten up there in age.

It will be a sad day when Ichiro eventually decides to call it quits, and that moment appears to be creeping up rather quickly.

Milwaukee Brewers: Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse

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If you’re curious why the Brewers have been so pathetic throughout 2015, taking a look at the starting pitching numbers is a good place to start. Specifically, the alarming hard times that have befallen Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza.

Once two of the game’s most consistent pitchers, each guy has an ERA over 5.00 and 10 losses at the halfway point. Frankly, they’re not fooling any opposing hitters on the mound. But with a combined salary of more than $23 million, the Brew Crew has little choice but to stick with their sputtering starters.

Minnesota Twins: Danny Santana

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Danny Santana burst onto the MLB scene as a rookie last season with the Minnesota Twins by hitting .319/.353/.472 with 20 stolen bases and 3.9 WAR through 101 games played.

The 24-year-old (rightfully) entered the 2015 season as the starting shortstop, but it appears as though the MonStars stole all of his talent. His WAR of -1.4 is the worst in baseball out of more than 1,100 position players. He’s hitting .225 and has walked just four times in 227 at-bats. Yikes.

New York Mets: Mike Cuddyer

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The New York Mets offense has been laughably bad throughout the season. The only position player hitting above .300 is David Wright, and he’s only played in eight games as a result of being diagnosed with spinal stenosis.

The Mets have floundered together, but veteran Michael Cuddyer takes this spot with his .244 batting average and net-negative production as a fielder. He’s often been brilliant at the plate, but his slugging percentage (which had been on an upward trend since 2010) has taken a nosedive in NY.

New York Yankees: CC Sabathia

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As CC Sabathia’s average fastball velocity has continued to diminish, so too has his effectiveness on the mound. The 34-year-old big man isn’t even averaging 90 miles per hour on his heat, and opposing hitters are feasting on it. In fact, according to Brooks Baseball, opponents have a .355 average this season against CC’s go-to pitch.

The result is a 4-8 record and a 5.47 ERA. It’s past time for the Yankees to move Sabathia to the bullpen, but that’s going to be a tough pill to swallow. The 6’7″ lefty is owed $23 million this season and $25 million next season. That’s the definition of a sunk cost.

Oakland Athletics: Billy Butler

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As far as Billy Butler’s struggles are concerned, I’ll defer you to Sports Illustrated’s Jay Jaffe:

“The signing of Butler to a three-year, $30 million deal after a career-worst season raised more than a few eyebrows this winter, and so far, Billy Beane’s Country Breakfast has been tough to digest.”

He hits the nail right on the head. Brought in as a DH, Butler hasn’t been doing much hitting. He sports career-lows in average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS. That three-year commitment is looking uglier by the at-bat.

Philadelphia Phillies: Ryan Howard and Chase Utley

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There really isn’t much to say about the two former greats on the right side of Philadelphia’s infield. Utley and Howard have each been terrible in the batter’s box and out on the diamond. Both guys need a change of scenery, but their trade value at this point is lower than their collective WAR (which is saying a lot).

Phillies fans should just watch 2011 regular-season highlights on a loop until their favorite team crawls out of the MLB basement.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Pedro Alvarez

Pedro Alvarez: WAR by Season | PointAfter

With great power comes…very little contact. At least that’s been the trend for some of the worst players of MLB’s first half, and Pedro Alvarez is no exception.

The 28-year-old Dominican has launched 12 homers, but he’s only hitting .236 with a .303 on-base percentage. What’s more, his defensive ineptitude has translated into a -1.4 dWAR. That mark would be a career-worst if sustained throughout the second half.

St. Louis Cardinals: Mark Reynolds

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Gone are the days when the St. Louis Cardinals had Albert Pujols locking down the first base position. And since Matt Adams has been out since late May with a quad tear, the Cards needed a patch-job replacement.

The guy tabbed for the role is strikeout king Mark Reynolds. The free-swinging slugger is hitting just .222/.292/.389 on the year and has struck out a team-high 84 times. His -0.3 WAR hasn’t knocked St. Louis out of first place, but it’s clear that Adams is the better option when healthy.

San Diego Padres: Matt Kemp

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Trading for Matt Kemp was a splashy, headline-grabbing move made by the San Diego Padres, but it wasn’t a good decision.

The 30-year-old former MVP candidate had a really poor showing in 2013 by his standards, but a mini resurgence last year convinced San Diego’s brass that he had plenty left in the tank. Instead, a combination of age, declining ability and Petco Park’s dimensions has Kemp hitting .250 with a career-low .382 slugging percentage.

Add defensive woes to the equation in right field—where he has to cover significantly less ground than in center—and Kemp is now below replacement level in every facet.

San Francisco Giants: Angel Pagan

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Outfield speedster Angel Pagan has had an impossible time staying healthy in recent years. But with his health intact in 2015, he hasn’t been able to move the needle.

In addition to his .304 OBP being a career low, it’s also significantly worse than his career average of .332 in the category. Throw in a dWAR of -1.0 in center field and it’s easy to surmise that the 34-year-old is starting an inevitable decline.

Seattle Mariners: Mike Zunino

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Mike Zunino is a really good defensive catcher. Some pundits might even argue he’s the best in the game behind the dish. Unfortunately, he often looks hopeless in the batter’s box.

The 24-year-old has struck out an astounding 100 times in 250 at-bats, and his slash line of .160/.223/.292 looks made up. He sees a highly respectable 4.17 pitches per plate appearance (16th in the Majors), but working the count doesn’t mean much if you’re constantly whiffing and not drawing walks.

If you love what Zunino brings defensively and think we’re being too harsh, blame a starting pitcher like Taijuan Walker or J.A. Happ.

Tampa Bay Rays: Rene Rivera

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Rene Rivera is the second consecutive catcher on the list who has been totally anemic with a bat in his hands. But unlike Zunino, who has always been a piss-poor hitter, Rivera actually showed flashes last season by hitting .252 with 11 homers and 44 RBI.

This season, his ugly .185/.221/.306 slash line is only trumped by his glacial strike zone heat map.

Texas Rangers: Shin-Soo Choo

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Shin-Soo Choo’s batting averages over the years have never really had that ‘wow’ factor, but he’s truly excelled at getting on base. That’s exactly what teams need at the top of their batting order to set the table for the sluggers at 3-4-5.

In 2015, his OBP has tanked to .305, far below his career mark of .377. Since that skill is no longer present, Choo’s value is all but nonexistent. He was the sixth-worst right fielder last season by dWAR and is on pace to be just as ineffective this year.

Toronto Blue Jays: Drew Hutchison

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It’s worth noting outfielder Chris Colabello’s alarmingly ghastly -2.2 dWAR here, but hitting .325 with eight homers and 32 RBI can definitely help mask those heinous numbers.

Instead, Drew Hutchison and his 5.33 ERA get the dubious nod here. Hutchison’s 8-2 record this season is actually quite good, but it makes sense provided that he’s received the most run support of any starter by a wide margin (6.89 runs per start). Credit the offense for picking up the man on the mound, but Hutchison shouldn’t require that type of offensive output to win games.

Washington Nationals: Stephen Strasburg

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Injury-prone corner infielder Ryan Zimmerman could have been tabbed as the Nationals least valuable player. His .209 batting average is the worst of his career, but he has been fighting through ailments yet again.

Instead, we opted to go with Stephen Strasburg and his lofty expectations. A young phenom who the Nats brought along very slowly and cautiously, Strasburg has sputtered in 2015 with a career-worst 5.16 ERA. Nagging injuries have played a role (as with Zimmerman), but a -0.6 WAR is still alarming for a guy of his talent level.