Every MLB season has its fair share of surprise contributors, but at the same time there are inevitably a handful of players who fall well short of expectations and wind up as busts as well.
The "bust" label is not just about production but is instead a matter of expectations entering the season compared to production. Take the following two players and their 2013 production for example:
- Player A: .250/.307/.432, 21 HR, 79 RBI, 73 R, 1.5 rWAR
- Player B: .251/.301/.470, 21 HR, 68 RBI, 56 R, 1.4 rWAR
Those are similar numbers across the board for two very different players.
Player A was Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, who signed a five-year, $125 million deal last offseason and was expected to again be an AL MVP candidate. Player B was Chicago Cubs outfielder Nate Schierholtz, who signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract and proved to be a steal.
Hamilton was without question one of the biggest busts of 2013, while Schierholtz was a pleasant surprise in essentially a platoon role for the Cubs.
With that definition of a bust in mind, here is a look at 10 guys who could wind up being among the biggest busts of 2014.