In 2015, Wil Myers, Hanley Ramirez, Mike Napoli, Carlos Santana, and Chris Carter were pretty bad. HanRam and Santana were $6 players. Napoli, Myers, and Carter combined for about negative $14. This season, the quintet teamed up to provide $87 of production – a near $90 increase in value. And that’s ignoring Adam Duvall, Mark Trumbo, and Daniel Murphy – all of whom also experienced big gains. It was a good year for snagging a cheap first baseman.
With 2016 in the books, let’s look ahead at some 2017 breakout candidates.