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The worst full season performances in Rays history

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As of 2015, of course.

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In preparation for next week's Winter Meetings, and while considering James Loney's trade value, I wanted to find some context for his 2015 win score. Luck you, I decided to share them. Here are the worst single season performances in Rays history according to fWAR, as calculated by Fangraphs.

Drink responsibly.

Offense

# Season Name PA BB% K% ISO BABIP AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ WAR
1 2014 Jose Molina 247 5.7% 22.3% .009 .233 .178 .230 .187 .196 21 -1.4
2 2003 Damion Easley 110 1.8% 16.4% .075 .216 .187 .202 .262 .203 15 -1.3
3 2004 Damian Rolls 132 7.6% 27.3% .043 .229 .162 .231 .205 .204 14 -1.3
4 2015 James Loney 388 5.9% 8.8% .078 .298 .280 .322 .357 .294 88 -1.3
5 1999 Quinton McCracken 165 8.5% 13.9% .074 .288 .250 .317 .324 .293 66 -1.2
6 2012 Hideki Matsui 103 7.8% 21.4% .074 .169 .147 .214 .221 .195 20 -1.2
7 1999 Bobby Smith 219 7.3% 29.2% .075 .248 .181 .244 .256 .230 25 -1.2
8 2007 Ben Zobrist 105 2.9% 20.0% .052 .182 .155 .184 .206 .176 -4 -1.1
9 2011 Reid Brignac 264 3.8% 23.9% .028 .254 .193 .227 .221 .202 24 -1.1
10 1999 Jose Guillen 186 5.4% 19.4% .095 .298 .244 .312 .339 .294 66 -1.1
11 2001 Aubrey Huff 434 5.3% 16.6% .124 .284 .248 .288 .372 .286 71 -1.0
12 2004 Robert Fick 238 8.4% 13.4% .126 .208 .201 .273 .327 .263 53 -1.0
13 2015 Jake Elmore 158 7.6% 15.8% .078 .231 .206 .263 .284 .241 51 -1.0
14 2006 Jorge Cantu 448 5.8% 20.3% .155 .283 .249 .295 .404 .300 78 -1.0

Bet you didn't expect a Zobrist sighting!

For the first list, I was going to cap at the top ten, but making the cutoff a full negative win was more fun.

The Molina ranking includes defense, but not sure how well that's graded here. These numbers do not account for his best skill: the glove (aka pitch framing). Likewise, the Rays believe in Loney's glove in more minute ways than Fangraphs captures. It's quite possible that UZR misses more with first base defense than at some other positions.

The commitment to defense is strong with this franchise.

Pitching

# Season Name W L SV G GS IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 BABIP ERA FIP WAR
1 2005 Dewon Brazelton 1 8 0 20 8 71 5.45 7.61 1.52 .319 7.61 6.71 -1.1
2 1998 Dennis Springer 3 11 0 29 17 115.2 3.58 4.67 1.63 .262 5.45 6.57 -1.0
3 2004 Doug Waechter 5 7 0 14 14 70.1 4.61 4.22 2.56 .222 6.01 7.30 -0.9
4 2005 Travis Harper 4 6 0 52 0 73.1 4.91 2.95 1.72 .306 6.75 5.43 -0.9
5 2003 Nick Bierbrodt 0 2 0 13 5 35.1 5.09 5.86 2.29 .376 9.68 7.59 -0.9
6 2006 Chad Orvella 1 5 0 22 0 24.1 6.29 7.4 2.22 .357 7.40 7.79 -0.9
7 2011 Andy Sonnanstine 0 2 0 15 4 35.2 3.03 3.03 2.52 .256 5.55 7.09 -0.8
8 2000 Dwight Gooden 2 3 0 8 8 36.2 5.65 4.91 3.44 .292 6.63 8.73 -0.8
9 2007 Brian Stokes 2 7 0 59 0 62.1 5.05 3.61 1.59 .359 7.07 5.76 -0.8
10 2008 Troy Percival 2 1 28 50 0 45.2 7.49 5.32 1.77 .168 4.53 5.87 -0.8

On the bright side, you might think, look how long its been since we had a Rays pitcher dwindle this low in win contribution!

Au contraire, the recently released (and then sold for cash) Kirby Yates had -0.7 WAR in 20.1 IP last season, 11th on the all time single-season list, while Ernesto Frieri tallied -0.5 in 23.1 IP, good for 20th.

If you have one of the above jerseys, you win a popsicle.