3 MLB players who have disappointed so far in 2022

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MLB teams need their stars to perform as well as they have throughout their careers to achieve their goals.

When this does not happen, these clubs risk failure.

These three MLB organizations certainly expected more from these three players, whose numbers in 2022 have been extremely disappointing.

3. Javier Baez, SS, Detroit Tigers

One of the Big Five free agent shortstops this offseason, Javier Baez decided to bring his talents to Detroit, signing a six-year, $140 million pact with the Tigers.

Detroit was supposed to build a team that could fight for a playoff spot.

But several things went wrong, including Baez’s performance, and they’re currently in fourth place in the AL Central Division with a 15-28 record.

Baez cuts a putrid .201/.241/.321 with three homers in 2022.

That won’t be enough.

He’s capable of so much more, as he showed last season, when he hit .265/.319/.494 with 31 homers and 18 interceptions between the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets.

He showed off his elite lineup at shortstop, but Detroit needs his power-speed combo and quick shots to stand a chance.

His batting average won’t be too high, but home runs and interceptions should come for the hitter.

2. Robbie Ray, SP, Seattle Mariners

This offseason, the Seattle Mariners signed defending AL Cy Young winner Robbie Ray to a five-year, $115 million deal to be the ace of a rising roster.

After all, Ray had completed a strong 2021 with the Toronto Blue Jays, in which he led the American League in ERA (2.84), ERA+ (154), innings (193 1/3) and WHIP ( 1.045).

It’s not the pitcher the Mariners thought they were getting.

So far, Ray has a 4.75 ERA in 60.2 innings.

Control has been an issue for him in the past, but at 3.12 steps per nine frames it hasn’t been a big deal in 2022.

His strikeouts are down a bit from 2021, and his command has been less than stellar.

Ray is good enough that we can say he has a good chance of rebounding eventually, but right now the Mariners were definitely expecting better results.

1. Marcus Semien, 2B/SS, Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers had a surprisingly good offseason, adding two top players for a total of $500 million.

One of them, Marcus Semien, put pen to paper on a seven-year, $175 million deal after having a great year in Toronto.

But Semien has been one of the majors’ worst regulars.

He’s batting .185/.242/.247 and is yet to hit his first home run as we approach the third month of the season.

He stole four bases but was hugely disappointing for the Rangers, who certainly had higher expectations after leading the Majors in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) during the 2019-21 stretch.

If you consider that he hit 45 homers, scored 115 runs, drove 102 and stole 15 sacks last year with the Blue Jays, you wonder where that production went.

Semien should start hitting eventually, but he won’t even approach last year’s numbers with the kind of start he had.

Rangers fans are still waiting to see Semien’s first sign of life at home plate.

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