6. Jake Cave
An uncharacteristically strong Spring Training earned Jake Cave an Opening Day start in left field. Expectations were high for him from fans and from Rob Thomson alike.
And then we quickly remembered why Jake Cave was available on waivers in the first place.
Cave was up to his usual tricks at the dish, striking out 27.1% of the time and slashing .212/.272/.348. That on-base percentage was his best since 2020, and the other two marks sat well below his career averages.
His value is supposed to come through as a fielder, and he was a plus in the outfield in 2022 with the Minnesota Twins, but even that regressed back closer to his career average.
When you’ve got a middling fielder who can’t hit, you typically want it to be a young guy with some upside from his potential to eventually develop in one or both of those areas. At 30 years old, what you see is what you get with Cave.
And what you get isn’t worth a roster spot in 2024.