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20 years of the Rays: The 20 worst players

20/20 Vision: The 20 worst players in Rays history.
Lou Piniella, right, escorts Dewon Brazelton back to the dugout after removing him from a game against the Marlins in 2004. [Times files]
Lou Piniella, right, escorts Dewon Brazelton back to the dugout after removing him from a game against the Marlins in 2004. [Times files]
Published Mar. 24, 2018
Updated Mar. 25, 2018

With the Rays planning a year-long celebration of their 20th anniversary, the Times is taking a look back – with 20 lists of 20 things about those first 20 seasons.

Here are the 20 worst players based on the baseballreference.com statistic Wins Above Replacement, an effort to summarize a player's total contributions to their team in one statistic.

To qualify, players must have a minimum 25 innings or 75 at-bats:

1. Dewon Brazelton, p

WAR: -2.2

YEARS: 2002-05

Good thing they took him over Teixeira.

2. Rene Rivera, c

WAR: -2.0

YEAR: 2015

At least they also got Wil Myers in the deal

Seth McClung[Times files]
Seth McClung[Times files]

3. Seth McClung, p

WAR: -1.8

YEARS: 2003-06

He always wanted to be known for something.

4. Robert Fick, c

WAR: -1.4

YEAR: 2004

5. Hideo Nomo, p

WAR: -1.4

YEAR: 2005

Damion Easley[Times files]
Damion Easley[Times files]

6. Damion Easley, inf

WAR: -1.3

YEAR: 2003

7. Hideki Matsui, of/dh

WAR: -1.3

YEAR: 2012

8. Chad Orvella, p

WAR: -1.2

YEARS: 2005-07

9. Nick Bierbrodt, p

WAR: -1.0

YEARS: 2001-03

Austin Pruitt.[Times files (2017)]
Austin Pruitt.[Times files (2017)]

10. Austin Pruitt, p

WAR: -0.9

YEAR: 2017

It's tough to make this list as a rookie.

Check out the rest of Marc Topkin's coverage here, on:

20 words on the 20th anniversary
20 numbers to remember
The 20 weirdest moments
Tampa Bay's 20 'Forrest Gump moments'
20 years of Rays and 'the things we've loved' about them
Greatest moments in franchise history
Best signings, trades and deals
20 players who surprisingly finished with them
20 players you forgot ever played for them
20 most notable draft picks
20 Things we've hated over the years
The 20 best players
The 20 best quotes
Recounting the 20 most memorable injuries
Worst signings, trades and deals
Ranking every season

11. Pat Burrell, of/dh

WAR: -0.8

YEARS: 2009-10

May be least popular Ray since Castilla.

12. Jose Molina, c

WAR: -0.8

YEARS: 2012-14

May be least popular Ray since Burrell.

Nick FranklinCHRIS URSO/STAFF
Nick FranklinCHRIS URSO/STAFF

13. Nick Franklin, inf

WAR: -0.8

YEARS: 2014-16

14. Pete LaForest, c

WAR: -0.8

YEARS: 2003-05

15. Josh Lueke, p

WAR: -0.8

YEARS: 2012-14

16. David Lamb, inf

WAR: -0.7

YEAR: 1999

17. Geoff Blum, inf

WAR: -0.7

YEARS: 2004

18. Brook Fordyce, c

WAR: -0.7

YEAR: 2004

19. Casey Fossum, p

WAR: -0.7

YEARS: 2005-07

20. Roberto Hernandez, p

WAR: -0.7

YEAR: 2013

Just missed: Dan Johnson, 1b/DH, WAR: -0.6, YEARS: 2008-11; Vinny Castilla, 3b, WAR: -0.6, YEARS:  2000-01.