MLB Top 10s: Gomez, Sale, 2012's NL MVP are best on cellar-dwellers

by | Baseball Writer

In the Eye On Baseball Top 10s, here's what we do: rank players according to criteria. Those criteria change depending upon week and whim, but the Top 10s will always be informed by some angle or another. (Note that the absence of an angle is itself an angle!)

And that brings us to this week's guiding query: Who are the best of the worst?

Last week, we homed in on the best players on first-place teams, so it's only fair that we give the bottom-feeders their turn. As such, this week, we're focusing on the best position players and pitchers on last-place teams -- i.e., the best of the worse. Or "the best on the worst," if you prefer. That means if a player toils for a team other than the Blue Jays, White Sox, Astros, Marlins, Brewers or Giants, then he's not eligible to be included this time around. Also not eligible: Ryan Braun.

As a consequence, you won't be seeing notable names like, oh, Miguel Cabrera, David Ortiz, Adrian Beltre, Justin Upton, Andrew McCutchen or Clayton Kershaw, among many others. And no Alex Rodriguez! Also, note that we're not concerned with past seasons or a player's outlook going forward -- only performance thus far in 2013 matters.

So now let us recite baseball names for purposes of SEO and making you angry. As always, feel free to brandish your incorrect opinions and make idle threats in the comments section.


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