One Player Each MLB Team's Fans Want off Their Roster ASAP
There is at least on player on every MLB team that fans can't stand having to watch. Many different reasons lead to fans wanting players off of their team.
In some cases, the player is just flat out not performing. Other players are overpaid and they are not coming close to living up to their contracts. There are also some situations in which players just have bad attitudes or have turned a cold shoulder to the fans or front office.
If fans had a say, they would try to get the following players off of their favorite team's roster by any means possible, whether it be a trade or just dropping the player.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Jason Kubel
Looking at the current Arizona Diamondbacks roster, it is not possible to find a player that the team's fans would want to get rid of.
Jason Kubel would be a potential name for this spot because he is preventing Adam Eaton from playing, but fans won't be devastated by the fact that he is still in the lineup. Kubel is coming off an outstanding year and is deserving of his roster spot.
Atlanta Braves: Dan Uggla
Dan Uggla is one of the most frustrating players in baseball to watch. He has demonstrated impressive power throughout his career, but his batting average has often fluctuated.
Last season, Uggla hit .220 and he struck out approximately once in every four at-bats. Those are the type of numbers that make fans dislike players.
Baltimore Orioles: Brian Roberts
It is amazing how far Brian Roberts has fallen over the past three years. He has gone from an All-Star and a fan favorite to a player that can barely stay on the field.
Baltimore Orioles fans have grown tired of Roberts' inability to contribute for an extended period of time, and they wouldn't mind seeing him off the team since they now have other options at second base.
Boston Red Sox: John Lackey
There were big expectations for John Lackey when he signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Boston Red Sox prior to the 2010 season. He has fallen short of everything that has been expected for him.
At the moment, Lackey is nothing more than an overpaid player that Red Sox fans would like off of their team's roster.
Chicago Cubs: Alfonso Soriano
Even though Alfonso Soriano turned things around in 2012, it seems as if it is too late for him to change the perception that Chicago Cubs fans have of him.
Soriano's poor performance in the past and his massive contract caused the sour opinion that many fans have of him. Cubs fans would like him gone so some of their young talent can have a chance to play at the big league level.
Chicago White Sox: Gordon Beckham
There are high expectations that come with being a top-10 draft pick. Gordon Beckham has struggled since his rookie season with the team.
Naturally, there is a lot of frustration with Beckham because he has already demonstrated the promise that he has. The issue is that he has failed to live up to it.
Cincinnati Reds: Mike Leake
As one of the best teams in baseball in 2012, there are not many, if any players that Cincinnati Reds fans want to see gone.
However, fans probably would have no problem seeing Mike Leake moved out of the team's starting rotation. Cincinnati has a number of better options that it should turn to.
Cleveland Indians: Josh Tomlin
It is amazing that the Cleveland Indians gave Josh Tomlin 16 opportunities to start in 2012 given the fact that he had a 6.36 ERA for the year.
Tomlin will miss a large portion of the 2013 season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, but it is hard to say that Indians fans will be disappointed that he is not in their rotation given his previous performance (h/t Reuters via Chicago Tribune).
Colorado Rockies: Jeff Francis
During the 2012 season, Jeff Francis led all Colorado Rockies pitchers with 113 innings pitched. He also had a 5.58 ERA.
The Rockies decided to make an interesting decision and chose to re-sign Francis this winter. Fans certainly do not want him around if he is going to repeat last season's performance.
Detroit Tigers: Rick Porcello
While there is still some hope that Rick Porcello will pan out and turn into a top-of-the-rotation starter, that idea is starting to wear thin in Detroit. Porcello may need a change of scenery.
The Tigers have been taking offers for Porcello this winter and the team is open to moving him if it gets the right players in return (h/t Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports).
Houston Astros: Rhiner Cruz
It seemed as if every time Rhiner Cruz stepped on the mound for the Houston Astros in 2012 that he gave up a run. The reliever finished the year with a 6.05 ERA.
While good relievers are hard to find, the Astros could likely turn to a number of players in their minor league system that could perform at a higher level than Cruz.
Kansas City Royals: Jeff Francoeur
With all of the talent that the Kansas City Royals have, it is amazing to think that the team could choose to use Jeff Francoeur as a starter when Opening Day rolls around.
Royals fans would celebrate if the team found a way to get rid of Francoeur. His level of production is simply not acceptable for a team that is trying to reach the playoffs.
Los Angeles Angels: Vernon Wells
Twenty-one million dollars a year is way more than Vernon Wells deserved based on his level of performance over the past few years.
Los Angeles Angels fans know that Wells is overpaid and that the team does not really have a spot for him on its roster. If the team could find any way to trade him, it would be a steal.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Aaron Harang
The reason that Los Angeles Dodgers fans would want to see Aaron Harang leave has nothing to do with his performance. Harang actually put up solid numbers in 2012.
Los Angeles has more starters than it needs and Harang has some trade value. Dealing him would allow the team to either fill one of its other needs or to bring in a prospect.
Miami Marlins: None
After seeing a number of their top players be dealt this winter, there are no players that Miami Marlins fans want to see gone.
However, there is someone that the fans want to leave the franchise. If fans could get rid of team owner Jeffrey Loria they would be ecstatic.
Milwaukee Brewers: John Axford
While John Axford was originally successful in his role as the Milwaukee Brewers' closer, he has struggled recently.
Last season, Axford posted a 4.67 ERA and he cost the Brewers a number of wins with his poor performance. The Brewers need a more consistent closer if they are going to make the postseason.
Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier
Shortstop was a major area of concern for the Minnesota Twins during the 2012 season. They struggled to find a player that could consistently produce for them.
Brian Dozier made 83 appearances at the position and struggled both in the field and at the plate. He committed 15 errors during the season and had a lowly OPS+ of 67.
New York Mets: Frank Francisco
Over the past few seasons the New York Mets have gotten rid of multiple players (Jason Bay and Oliver Perez) that their fans have despised. This is the first season in a while that they do not have a player that their fans very strongly want off the roster.
However, there is a player that Mets fans would not mind see on another team. Frank Francisco did a poor job as the Mets closer in 2012 and the fans let him know how they felt.
New York Yankees: Alex Rodriguez
Even though Alex Rodriguez will go down as one of the best players in baseball history, New York Yankees fans have begun to grow tired of him.
Rodriguez does not deserved to be one of the highest paid players in the game and his production has declined over the past few years. Additionally, Rodriguez has struggled in big moments. Yankees fans wouldn't mind seeing the money that Rodriguez is currently getting being spent on other needs.
Oakland Athletics: Daric Barton
Daric Barton has been given multiple chances with the Oakland Athletics and he has yet to really capitalize on any of them.
It is about time that the team and Barton part ways. The Athletics don't have a spot for him on their roster in which he can see an extended amount of playing time.
Philadelphia Phillies: Michael Schwimer
Philadelphia Phillies fans really cannot complain about the players in their starting lineup and their rotation heading into the 2013 season.
The team's bullpen is one area of concern, however. Michael Schwimer failed to produce last season and Phillies fans likely do not want to see him on the major league roster.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Clint Barmes
The Pittsburgh Pirates brought Clint Barmes in with the intention of making him their starting shortstop. During the 2012 season, Barmes tried to do everything possible to lose that job.
Barmes is still owed $5.5 million this season and that is not money that the Pirates can afford to spend on a player that struggled mightily at the plate.
San Diego Padres: Nick Hundley
Last season, Nick Hundley was one of the worst hitters in the majors. The San Diego Padres hitter batted just .188 with an OPS+ of 31.
While Hundley will get time as the starter this year thanks to Yasmani Grandal's 50-game suspension, he will be slated to be the backup once he returns.
San Francisco Giants: None
Since their team is the defending World Champion, it is hard for the San Francisco Giants fans to have issues with any player on their roster.
San Francisco has put itself in a good position to reach the postseason once again and its roster looks like that of a World Series contender.
Seattle Mariners: Justin Smoak
Now that Chone Figgins is no longer a member of the Seattle Mariners, the team's fans have a new player that they dislike the most.
Justin Smoak was supposed to be the centerpiece of the Cliff Lee deal, but his shine has quickly fizzled out. With the team's acquisitions of Mike Morse and Kendrys Morales, the team could have an easier time feeling comfortable about moving Smoak.
St. Louis Cardinals: Daniel Descalso
Last season, Daniel Descalso was given a majority of the starts at second base for the St. Louis Cardinals. He struggled both in the plate and at the field.
With Kolten Wong seemingly ready for the big leagues, Descalso is the only person in his way at this point. Cardinals fans would rather see Wong on the diamond for them as opposed to Descalso.
Tampa Bay Rays: Jose Lobaton
Catcher was one of the biggest problems for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012. They were not able to find a consistent producer at the position.
Jose Lobaton was one of the players that failed to put up decent numbers. He was not even an adequate backup for the team.
Texas Rangers: Tanner Scheppers
Tanner Scheppers was a high draft pick by the Texas Rangers and he has not exactly panned out.
The team used him in their bullpen in 2012 and he had poor results. Scheppers cost the team some games as he went 1-1 with a 4.45 ERA in 39 appearances.
Toronto Blue Jays: Brad Lincoln
Although he did not play a big role for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012, Brad Lincoln's performance was still detrimental to the team.
He struggled when he was on the mound and had a 5.65 ERA out of the team's bullpen in 24 appearances. Toronto cannot have that if it is going to be a playoff team in 2013.
Washington Nationals: Henry Rodriguez
Even the Washington Nationals, the team with baseball's best record during the 2012 season, have players that frustrated their fans. One of those players was Henry Rodriguez.
During the regular season Rodriguez posted a 5.83 ERA. He also struggled with his control and uncorked 10 wild pitches in under 30 innings.