5 MLB Free Agents That Fan Bases Don't Want to Return in 2014
As Major League Baseball's offseason begins, most fans are usually talking about the players that they want their teams to sign.
However, there are a minority of fans who are all about their biggest stars not returning.
The five players listed below are either too expensive for their former club, too old to contribute on a consistent basis, not liked by a certain fanbase, or a combination of all three.
Here is a look at the five players whose team fanbases do not want them to return during free agency.
Remember that time not too long ago when Roy Halladay was the most coveted starting pitcher in baseball?
Halladay wishes that were still the case, but in all honesty, his financial worth in free agency is little to none after he broke down in Philadelphia this past season.
A beloved figure when he joined the Phillies, Halladay became just another aging relic in 2013 for a team that desperately needs to get young, and fast.
With some younger arms like Jesse Biddle coming up in their farm system, the Phillies—or anyone else—would be wise to avoid signing Halladay this offseason.
On the opposite end of the aging-starting pitcher spectrum is Bartolo Colon, who went 18-6 at age 40 with the Oakland Athletics in 2013.
The A's got two strong years out of Colon in the twilight of his career, and now would be the perfect time to sever ties with the right-hander and not re-sign him.
Sure, Colon probably has a year or two left in his arm and would be a nice veteran presence to have, but it's time for Oakland to rely on young arms like Sonny Gray and Jarrod Parker at the top end of its rotation instead of a player who will turn 41 in May.
Why overspend on an experienced catcher when you can replace him with a younger, cheaper prospect?
That is the situation that the Atlanta Braves are going through at the moment.
With Brian McCann looking for a massive payday in free agency and the Braves having rookie phenom Evan Gattis and top prospect Christian Bethancourt available, it makes sense to let McCann go.
McCann has been consistent when he is healthy, but the left-handed hitting catcher has not played over 128 games in any of the past three seasons.
The Braves have not been afraid to take a risk and side with youth before, so expect them to do the same with Bethancourt waiting in the wings.
McCann is asking for too much to return to a fanbase that is begging for a young superstar to emerge, just like McCann did back in 2005.
Nelson Cruz has done a lot for the Texas Rangers during his eight-year tenure in Arlington, but he may have overstayed his welcome due to his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.
The two-time All-Star will always be remembered for his heroics during the 2011 American League Championship Series, where he hit six homers and drove in 13 runs.
However, that success two years ago has long been forgotten since the Rangers failed to deliver a World Series title and Cruz was mired in a league-wide scandal for most of 2013.
It would be wise of the Rangers brass to part ways with Cruz, who will be leaving a fanbase that needs a breath of fresh air after so much disappointment over the last two seasons.
Buried in the massive disappointment of the Washington Nationals' 2013 campaign was the average season that Dan Haren had by going 10-14 in a starting rotation that was plagued by injuries.
Haren was a nice stopgap for a season to bridge the gap to the younger players in the organization, but there is no way that he should return to the nation's capital in 2014.
There is no doubt that Nationals fans will not fight for Haren to return, especially after he failed to live up to his past numbers when he pitched in the American League.