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MLB Top 10s: Even hopeless teams have great players like Tulo, Sale

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In the Eye on Baseball Top 10, here's what we do: Rank players according to criteria. Those criteria change depending upon week and whim, but the Top 10 will always be informed by some angle or another, painfully contrived or otherwise.

And that brings us to this week's guiding query: Who are best players on "hopeless" teams?

What constitutes a hopeless team in 2014? For our purposes we're saying any team that, per the playoff odds reports available at FanGraphs, has less than a 5.0 percent chance of making the postseason, at this writing. That means those who toil for the Red Sox, White Sox, Twins, Astros, Rangers, Marlins, Mets, Phillies, Cubs, Padres, Diamondbacks and Rockies are eligible for inclusion. Abandon hope, all ye who enter here!

We list these players with no regard for their pre-2014 histories and no regard for whether or not these performances are sustainable. This is about performance in 2014 to date and nothing else. As for position players, defense and base-running are very much part of the calculus.

Omissions? It was hard to leave off names like Tyson Ross, Brian Dozier, Starlin Castro, Phil Hughes and maybe others I don't feel like mentioning at this time.

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

Weapons-grade complaints and spleen-venting? By all means, reach out to the author at hotmail@hotmail.jpg.

Giancarlo Stanton keeps putting on a power show while the Marlins continue to flounder. (USATSI)
Giancarlo Stanton keeps putting on a power show while the Marlins continue to flounder. (USATSI)

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