One issue in Major League Baseball this season has been the disparity between the “haves” and “have nots.” Entering June 2, there are nine teams that, at their current pace, would lose 90 or more games, including five teams on pace for 100 or more losses. In the American League alone, there are 10 teams that are at least 4.5 games back of the 2nd Wild Card spot. In the National League, however, there are more teams that are competing as there are only five teams that aren’t within five games of the 2nd Wild Card spot, and three are in the NL West.
With the month of June being underway, it is often the time that people, like us here at Rox Pile, start talking about the July 31 trade deadline. The Rockies are in first place in the NL West but that doesn’t mean that they don’t need to make some improvements.
With the level of disparity between the “haves” and “have nots” with about a third of the schedule completed, we will look at one player on each team that is what we consider to be a “non-contender.” This can be a team that is just down right not good or a team that, even though they may be around .500 in the standings, might sell anyways or will have an uphill battle at a Wild Card spot and/or their division.
So, without further ado, let’s start in the league that the Rockies reside in: the National League West.
NOTE: All stats are current as of the start of games on June 2.