Stat of the day: MLB's least valuable hitters

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As measured by park-adjusted runs above average. Taken from
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.

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.


Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.

Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.