A majority of early-season slumps are in the past with only a few lingering more than the normal three-to-five weeks it takes for some veterans to get going.
For others, we’re getting to the point where we have to stop calling it a slump and just accept that the player they were projected to be or the player they used to be isn’t showing up in the clubhouse anytime soon or maybe ever.
When moving a player around in the lineup or moving a pitcher from the rotation to the bullpen or vice versa hasn’t done the trick, nor has a trip or two to the minors, it’s probably time to go in another direction.
At some point, an organization will give up on a player and hope another team sees some value and takes on some salary and/or gives up a player or two in return. The acquiring team is usually banking on a “change of scenery” as a reason to take on a player who hasn’t been productive elsewhere.
Only a small percentage of these cases are successful—Vernon Wells and James Loney are the best examples from this season—but enough players have resurrected their career on another team or just finally figured things out after moving on from their original organization to go this route when everything else has failed.
Here are seven players who could benefit the most from a change of scenery.