Must-click link: The 40 greatest seasons by players on terrible teams

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My friends at The Platoon Advantage have a fun post today: counting down the 40 greatest seasons by players on terrible teams.

I was somewhat shocked but quite pleased to see Lonnie Smith’s 1989 season with a putrid Braves team so high on the list. I loved that season. I loved the 1988 Braves season too. I’m kind of a masochist.

With the notable exception of a Randy Johnson season, a Steve Carlton season and a couple other nice years by some sonsabitches, there are a lot of well-loved players on this list. Indeed, I’m guessing that toiling for a poor team and having a great year is exactly what made them well-loved in the first place. Fans gotta latch on to something, so it makes sense that they latch on to the Lonnie Smiths, Rusty Staubs and Ron Santos of the world.

A good read while we wait for the playoffs to start.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.