Stat of the day: MLB's least valuable hitters

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As measured by park-adjusted runs above average. Taken from Fangraphs.com
1. Willy Taveras -26.3
2. Alex Gonzalez -21.2
3. Dioner Navarro -20.5
4. Yuniesky Betancourt -19.9
5. Emilio Bonifacio -19.9
6. Edgar Renteria -17.3
7. Aaron Miles -16.6
8. Kaz Matsui -16.5
9. Jason Kendall -16.5
10. Ronny Cedeno -15.9
Rather than go by OPS or another statistic based only on quality, I wanted to generate a list of players who have been awful hitters, yet are still playing regularly for the most part. That’s what we have here. Six of the 10 players have at least 400 plate appearances and all but one is over 300.
Sticking out like a sore thumb is Miles, who has just 150 at-bats and 161 plate appearances, yet has still managed the seventh-worst mark in baseball. To put his awful total in perspective, he’d be at -44.1 right now if he was producing like this in the same number of plate appearances that Taveras has received.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.

Ervin Santana gets Opening Day nod from Twins again

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Ervin Santana will once again start on Opening Day for the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He’ll face the Royals at home in a day game on Monday, April 3.

The last pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days for the Twins was Carl Pavano in 2011-12.

Santana, 34, is entering the third year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed in December 2014. Last season, the right-hander finished with a solid 3.38 ERA and a 149/53 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings.