Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Most Career Triples, No Stolen Bases

A triple is often considered one of the most exciting plays in baseball. There's a combination of a hard-hit ball, speed around the bases, and usually a close play at third base. Sometimes, however, even the slowest hitters on the team can wind up with a three base hit. Cases in point: Well-known large, slow man Cecil Fielder had seven career triples and Eddie Perez had two career triples despite his near-glacial speed.

Usually, however, even the slow guys who get triples also manage to steal a base or two at some point in their career. It took him ten seasons, but Fielder had two in his career and even Eddie Perez stole a base (off Gregg Zaun, for what it's worth). Rare indeed is the player who manages to rap out a triple without stealing a base in his career. Fewer still have managed to hit multiple triples without stealing a base: only twenty-one position players since 1901 have hit at least five triples without ever successfully stealing a base.

Most Career Triples, Zero Career Stolen Bases, 1901-2007
* - active player

Now that I've posted this, Adrian Gonzalez or Javier Valentin will probably steal a base tonight.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Wait, Games Last Nine Innings?!

In the Marlins game notes for Friday's Florida-Milwaukee game, it was noted that starting pitcher Scott Olsen ranks eleventh all-time on the list of most career games started without a complete game. That in itself is hardly surprising, since young pitchers aren't often allowed to go much beyond 100 pitches and this usually works out to six or seven innings. The expansion of the bullpen and relief roles in recent decades has also influenced the lesser number of complete games for all MLB teams compared to, say, the 1970's and before. Therefore, the list of most career starts without a complete game is, as expected, filled with active or recently retired pitchers.

Most Career Starts, Zero Complete Games, 1876-2008
(Players in MLB in 2008 italicized)
  1. Tony Armas Jr., 166 GS
  2. Shawn Chacon, 124
  3. Casey Fossum, 120
  4. Claudio Vargas, 110
  5. Chris Young, 104
  6. Tim Redding, 99
  7. Byung-Hyun Kim, 87
  8. Mike Thurman, 87
  9. Marvin Freeman, 78
  10. Brandon Duckworth, 77
  11. Scott Olsen, 73
  12. Dave Eiland, 70
  13. Dave Weathers, 69
  14. Wally Whitehurst, 66
  15. Scott Scudder, 64
  16. Pat Mahomes, 63
  17. Damian Moss, 61
  18. Gustavo Chacin, 58
  19. Brandon Claussen, 58
  20. Joaquin Benoit, 55

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Slugging Percentage is for Wussies

I've gone kind of crazy with different streaks lately and that will unapologetically continue today. A few weeks ago, I made a list of what I called Anti-DiMaggios, players with the longest streak of consecutive games played without a hit. Today features another negative streak, though not as harmful as going hitless. I've looked up all the position players who have gone at least sixty-five consecutive games without an extra base hit. Remember, for hitting streaks, a game only counts if the player gets an at-bat or sacrifice fly (pinch-hit walks don't snap them).

I thought about calling these guys the Anti-Griffey/Mattingly/Longs, after the players holding the record for consecutive games with a home run, but that doesn't quite fit (and it's pretty cumbersome). "Anti-Joneses" is an option, but how many people can identify Chipper Jones as the guy who holds the record for consecutive games with an extra base hit (more on that later)? Maybe "Swatless Swingers" would work, but it sounds pretty corny. Whatever you call them, you can't deny their lack of power.

Most Consecutive Games With Zero Extra Base Hits, 1956-2008

Greg Gross1001566/5/19889/27/1989
Luis Gomez881985/29/19745/28/1976
Scott Pose871515/30/19999/29/2000
Jose Valdivielso802216/19/19605/30/1961
Manny Mota75755/26/19789/1/1982
Junior Noboa741115/27/19914/7/1994
Tom Hutton73867/5/19797/15/1980
Mike Mordecai711274/25/19976/16/1998
Dal Maxvill691844/9/19707/19/1970

Frank Baumholtz691024/22/19565/26/1957
Jose Oquendo681667/19/19926/14/1994

Wayne Tolleson682105/28/19876/11/1988

Denny Walling681136/15/19826/26/1983
Stan Javier67946/29/19915/18/1992

Larry Lintz672169/3/19748/26/1975

Al Weis671587/16/19658/17/1966
Manny Mota66715/26/19747/9/1975

Mike Fiore66955/22/19708/10/1971
Duane Kuiper651098/22/19839/7/1984

Marty Keough65909/27/19647/6/1966

Phil Gagliano651367/9/19695/4/1971

The longest "active" streak belongs to Orlando Palmeiro (44 games), but he's retired. The next longest current streak is 33 games belonging to Jason Wood, but he's now playing for the Marlins' AAA affiliate in Albuquerque. That means the longest active streak for a player currently on a major league roster is 31 games (through 4/21/08), belonging to Willie Bloomquist of the Mariners. Mark Sweeney of the Dodgers is right behind him at 30 games.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

That'll Be Zero Home Runs, Thank You!

If you don't live near Milwaukee or possibly Cincinnati, you may have missed the ending to an impressive streak yesterday. Brewers lefthander Brian Shouse gave up a home run to the first batter he saw, Joey Votto, ending a string of 83 consecutive appearances without giving up a round-tripper. Shouse hadn't given up a home run since the 2006 season.

Furthermore, he had one of only twenty-two such streaks to go past eighty appearances since 1956. While being a lefthander typically required to face at most two or three batters per game makes it easier to string together a bunch of homer-less outings, it's still a pretty neat streak. On the list below, it's the guys who averaged more than one inning per appearance that really impress me.

Zero Home Runs in 80+ Consecutive Appearances, Since 1956

Greg Minton178269.006/01/197905/01/1982
Dale Murray142246.208/21/197408/18/1976
Chad Bradford127109.205/18/200609/20/2007
Dave Smith105115.107/20/198607/14/1988
Jonathan Broxton9496.207/26/200608/21/2007
Paul Quantrill9178.205/05/200205/12/2003
Joe Klink9065.007/26/199105/08/1996
Saul Rivera8998.204/27/2007present
Larry Andersen89116.007/06/199007/10/1992
Fred Gladding8995.208/13/197007/23/1972
George Sherrill8850.009/19/200505/02/2007
Gregg Olson85114.204/18/198906/20/1990
Larry Anderson84128.006/18/198808/15/1989
Brian Shouse8354.109/28/200604/17/2008
Terry Forster82135.208/21/197105/11/1973
B.J. Ryan8187.106/04/200507/15/2006
B.J. Ryan8175.207/01/200307/17/2004
Jason Isringhausen8186.208/26/200106/28/2003
Mike Fetters8189.208/03/199308/17/1995
Ron Perranoski81124.007/21/196109/03/1962
Joey Eischen8064.206/02/200206/03/2003
Juan Agosto8090.207/04/198906/30/1990

As you can see, Nationals reliever Saul Rivera has the longest active streak. Amazingly, he's only halfway to the top spot. Twins lefty Dennys Reyes and Phillies lefty J.C. Romero are now tied for second on the active list at 53 games.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Team Scoreless Streaks and SHO%

Last weekend, regular reader Ken alerted me to the fact the Royals hadn't scored in 26 innings (they scored in the first inning the next day). He noted that he didn't think this was a record for them but thought it might be an interesting topic for a post. I thought that was a good idea and looked up the Royals record (32 innings from July 5 through July 9, 2004). Unfortunately, the numbers for other teams were harder to figure out, at least the way I was approaching the task, so I decided to look up a couple other shutout-related team numbers.

First up is the longest streak of consecutive games in which each MLB team has been shut out since 1956. I've also noted the frequency of that number of consecutive games for each team and the dates of the most recent such stretch of games.

Consecutive Games Shut Out For Each MLB Team, 1956-2007

Arizona Diamondbacks245/29/20045/30/2004
Atlanta Braves415/8/19855/12/1985
Baltimore Orioles317/29/19577/31/1957
Boston Red Sox334/27/19814/29/1981
Chicago Cubs424/27/19925/1/1992
Chicago White Sox347/21/19687/24/1968
Cincinnati Reds314/18/19894/21/1989
Cleveland Indians356/12/19916/14/1991
Colorado Rockies247/21/20077/22/2007
Detroit Tigers349/29/199510/1/1995
Florida Marlins266/21/20056/22/2005
Houston Astros429/9/19669/11/1966
Kansas City Royals317/5/20047/7/2004
Los Angeles Angels316/24/19786/26/1978
Los Angeles Dodgers338/5/20078/8/2007
Milwaukee Brewers315/3/19725/6/1972
Minnesota Twins419/19/19589/22/1958
New York Mets337/25/19927/27/1992
New York Yankees337/27/19757/28/1975
Oakland Athletics349/9/19799/12/1979
Philadelphia Phillies375/20/19835/24/1983
Pittsburgh Pirates338/28/19688/30/1968
San Diego Padres337/5/19767/7/1976
San Francisco Giants336/23/19926/25/1992
Seattle Mariners2237/21/20077/22/2007
St. Louis Cardinals3210/2/197610/3/1976
Tampa Bay Rays244/28/20044/29/2004
Texas Rangers419/1/19649/5/1964
Toronto Blue Jays328/24/19908/26/1990
Washington Nationals334/13/20044/15/2004

That table might not have been particularly thrilling. I do think it's interesting how the Mariners have hit two games in a row so often but never quite made it to three in a row. While I was looking up shutout data, I decided to check out the number of times shut out and total games played for each franchise since 1956. Obviously expansion teams have played fewer games and many have the advantage of playing in more run-friendly era for most of their existence, but it should be interesting nonetheless.

Times Shut Out and Games Played, 1956-2007

Shut Out
Total Games
New York Mets53073207.24
San Diego Padres44761947.22
Washington Nationals43761887.06
Los Angeles Angels52374876.99
Houston Astros50273296.85
Chicago Cubs54882576.64
Philadelphia Phillies54382536.58
Texas Rangers48774736.52
Pittsburgh Pirates53282486.45
Minnesota Twins52082546.30
Atlanta Braves51882486.28
Los Angeles Dodgers51682586.25
Oakland Athletics51182566.19
Tampa Bay Rays10016176.18
Baltimore Orioles50582396.13
St. Louis Cardinals50582516.12
Kansas City Royals37661816.08
Cleveland Indians50182386.08
San Francisco Giants49682576.01
Chicago White Sox48682545.89
Detroit Tigers48282575.84
Florida Marlins13623635.76
Milwaukee Brewers35561895.74
New York Yankees46982525.68
Seattle Mariners27748995.65
Arizona Diamondbacks9016205.56
Toronto Blue Jays27149005.53
Cincinnati Reds45282535.48
Boston Red Sox44482515.38
Colorado Rockies11423684.81

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Last #42's

Busy, busy, busy. That's been the story of the week so far. I know I'm a day late for celebrating Jackie Robinson's debut and the resulting wearing #42 party, but I thought this was interesting nonetheless. Following the game thread on Brew Crew Ball last night, someone asked the name of the last Brewers player to wear #42 on his uniform. I thought figuring out each player for every MLB team would make for an interesting list. I haven't included the players who have worn #42 on April 15th this season or last season. I used Baseball-Almanac.com, a useful site for uniform numbers and lots of other neat baseball trivia.

Jackie Robinson's number was retired on the 50th anniversary of his major league debut in 1997. Players who wore #42 at that time (like Mariano Rivera) were allowed to continue wearing it.

Last #42's For Each MLB Team

TeamPlayerYear(s) Wearing
#42 With Team
Arizona DiamondbacksNever IssuedN/A
Atlanta BravesMicah Bowie1999*
Baltimore OriolesLenny Webster1997-1999
Boston Red SoxMo Vaughn1991-1998
Chicago CubsDave Smith1991-1992
Chicago White SoxScott Ruffcorn1996
Cincinnati RedsRoger Salkeld1996
Cleveland IndiansMike Jackson1997-1999
Colorado RockiesScott Karl2000
Detroit TigersJose Lima2001-2002
Florida MarlinsDennis Cook1997
Houston AstrosJose Lima1997-2001
Kansas City RoyalsTom Goodwin1995-1997
Los Angeles AngelsMo Vaughn1999-2000
Los Angeles DodgersRay Lamb1969**
Milwaukee BrewersScott Karl1995-1999
Minnesota TwinsMike Jackson2002
New York MetsMo Vaughn2002-2003
New York YankeesMariano Rivera1995-2007
Oakland AthleticsBuddy Groom1996-1997
Philadelphia PhilliesToby Borland1994-1996
Pittsburgh PiratesJason Schmidt1996-1997
San Diego PadresPedro Martinez1993-1994
San Francisco GiantsKirk Rueter1996-1997
Seattle MarinersButch Huskey1999
St. Louis CardinalsJose Oliva1995
Tampa Bay RaysNever IssuedN/A
Texas RangersDennis Cook1995-1996
Toronto Blue JaysXavier Hernandez1989
Washington NationalsKirk Rueter1993-1996

*I'm not sure how Bowie got #42 when he made his major league debut in 1999. He appeared in three games with the Braves before being traded to Chicago and wearing #53 for the Cubs. On the off chance this is an error, the player to last wear #42 for the Braves before Bowie was Armando Reynoso in 1991-1992.
**The Dodgers retired Jackie Robinson's number in June 1972.

Friday, April 11, 2008

I'm Forever Walking Batters...

It's always frustrating when the reliever your favorite team's manager has just brought into the game issues a base on balls. His job is to go out there and record outs, not give up free baserunners. After all, the whole game he's been sitting in the bullpen waiting to be turned loose on enemy hitters, mowing them down with a vicious display of pitching prowess. Okay, maybe that's overstating the case for some relievers but, regardless, any pitcher's job is to get outs, first and foremost. Anyone paying attention to Brewers games this season and the latter half of last season knows about the torrent of boos that rain down on Derrick Turnbow when he walks a batter. I'm sure fans of other teams know of similar relievers that inspire dread when it's apparent, once again, their control has left them.

With that in mind, I looked up the longest streaks of consecutive appearances by a relief pitcher with at least one walk issued. In order to exclude, as much as possible, long relievers who may be called upon to throw three, four or more innings, I set the maximum length of each outing to two innings pitched. Only twelve times (by eleven pitchers) since 1956 has a pitcher had ten or more such consecutive brief relief appearances in which he's issued one or more walks. Note that some pitchers on this list may have had starts in between relief appearances (I'm looking at you, Jimmy Haynes).

Consecutive Relief Appearances (≤2 IP) with 1+ BB
The longest active streak (through 4/10/2008) belongs to the aforementioned Derrick Turnbow, at 5 games (I didn't actually know that when I started this post). Jonathan Meloan, Ryan Bukvich, and Rocky Cherry also have active five-game streaks, but they have not pitched in the majors so far this season.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

(Don't) Swing, Batter!

It's always frustrating for fans to watch their team's pitchers miss the strike zone consistently. In yesterday's Chicago-Pittsburgh game, Pirates Rule 5 pick Evan Meek, forced into a tie game in the twelfth, threw thirty-six pitches and only eleven of them were strikes. Granted, he had two intentional walks mixed in there, but that's still a hard thing to watch. A Rule 5 back-of-the-bullpen pitcher might have an excuse, although it might not be a good one.

Starting pitchers, on the other hand, who throw more balls than strikes in an outing are really annoying. The Baseball-Reference.com Play Index lists 43,722 starts from 1999-2007 (the years I've found with reliable pitch data) and only 705 of them (1.6%) featured at least as many balls as strikes thrown. The wild starters' teams were a combined 191-514 (.271) in those games and the pitchers themselves went 40-386 (.094).

I've put together some lists of the lowest percentage of strikes thrown in a start and broken it into multiple categories so the list isn't cluttered by guys who left shortly after the game started due to injury or managerial ire.

Lowest Percentage of Strikes Thrown in a Start, 1-49 pitches

RankNameDateTeamOpponentPitchesStrikesStrike %
1Aaron Myette9/3/2002TEXBAL400.0
2Justin Wayne5/3/2003FLAHOU23417.4
3Ryan Dempster10/5/2001FLAATL451431.1
4Kyle Davies7/16/2007ATLCIN22731.8
5Jason Standridge7/13/2003TBDSEA311032.3
6Kevin Correia9/12/2005SFGSDP27933.3
7Mickey Callaway6/18/1999TBDMIN12433.3
8Chad Gaudin6/22/2004TBDTOR291034.5
9Brian Tollberg6/10/2003SDPCLE26934.6
10Michael Tejera7/1/2004FLAATL23834.8
Ramon Martinez9/28/2000BOSCHW23834.8

Lowest Percentage of Strikes Thrown in a Start, 50-99 pitches

RankNameDateTeamOpponentPitchesStrikesStrike %
1Alan Levine9/27/2000ANAOAK511835.3
2Daniel Cabrera4/7/2006BALBOS602236.7
3Ryan Dempster4/30/2003CINCOL501938.0
4Shawn Chacon8/16/2003COLNYM522038.5
5Jim Brower7/5/2000CLETOR522038.5
6Rocky Coppinger4/25/1999BALOAK572238.6
7Jonathan Johnson6/13/2003HOUBOS763039.5
8Mario Ramos6/29/2003TEXHOU753040.0
9Wes Obermueller5/31/2005MILSDP552240.0
10Darryl Kile4/23/1999COLSFG542240.7

Lowest Percentage of Strikes Thrown in a Start, 100+ pitches

RankNameDateTeamOpponentPitchesStrikesStrike %
1Ervin Santana7/20/2006LAAKCR1034644.7
Jason Jennings9/8/2002COLSDP1084945.4
Tom Glavine8/21/2004NYMSFG1105045.5
Tom Glavine9/18/2001ATLPHI1054845.7
Shawn Chacon7/24/2002COLARI1185445.8
Al Leiter5/1/2004NYMSDP1135246.0
Robert Person7/17/2002PHICHC1155346.1
Chris Capuano4/18/2005MILLAD1044846.2
Russ Ortiz9/8/2003ATLPHI1105146.4
10Darren Dreifort4/20/1999LADATL1034846.6

It's interesting that Tom Glavine shows up on the last list twice. On the final list, Ortiz and Dreifort got wins for their trouble.

There are quite a few pitchers who show up more than once on the list of starts with at least as many balls thrown as strikes. Below you'll find the pitchers with six or more such games.

Most Starts With at Least as Many Balls Thrown as Strikes, 1999-2007
  • Russ Ortiz, 12
  • Shawn Estes, 10
    Tom Glavine, 10
  • Al Leiter, 9
  • Daniel Cabrera, 8
  • Jimmy Anderson, 7
    Jason Bere, 7
    Jaret Wright, 7
    Victor Zambrano, 7
  • Chris Carpenter, 6
    Shawn Chacon, 6
    Ryan Dempster, 6
    Scott Erickson, 6
    Mike Hampton, 6
    Hideo Nomo, 6
    Mark Redman, 6
    Dan Reichert, 6
    Jamey Wright, 6
Some of those guys are still active, so watch for them to pad their "wild start" numbers. Also note that since this is only since the 1999 season, guys like Tom Glavine probably have more starts that qualify from before then.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Last Position Players to Pitch by Team

UPDATE: I've posted a table through May 6, 2009 here.

It's always notable when a position player takes the mound for an inning or two. Usually it only happens in blowouts when a manager wants to save the other arms in the bullpen for another day. While it hasn't happened yet this season, six position players on four different teams toed the rubber at some point in 2007 (Can you name them? Answers at the end of the post). For this post I looked up the last position players to pitch for every team. Surprisingly, three of the four teams that have gone the longest without using a position player on the mound play in the National League.

Last Position Player to Pitch by Team

Arizona DiamondbacksJeff Cirillo8-20-2007
Atlanta BravesJohn Russell6-25-1989
Baltimore OriolesManny Alexander4-19-1996
Boston Red SoxDavid McCarty10-3-2004
Chicago CubsGary Gaetti7-3-1999
Chicago White SoxDave Martinez8-4-1995
Cincinnati RedsLenny Harris6-1-1998
Cleveland IndiansTim Laker4-20-2004
Colorado RockiesTodd Zeile9-14-2002
Detroit TigersShane Halter10-1-2000
Florida MarlinsJason Wood6-29-2007
Houston AstrosTim Bogar6-24-2000
Kansas City RoyalsShane Halter7-17-1998
Los Angeles AngelsChili Davis6-17-1993
Los Angeles DodgersRobin Ventura6-25-2004
Milwaukee BrewersTrent Durrington4-17-2004
Minnesota TwinsJohn Moses7-31-1990
New York MetsTodd Zeile7-26-2004
New York YankeesWade Boggs8-19-1997
Oakland AthleticsFrank Menechino7-18-2000
Philadelphia PhilliesTomas Perez5-13-2002
Pittsburgh PiratesAbraham Nunez5-30-2004
San Diego PadresSean Burroughs9-20-2005
Seattle MarinersJohn Mabry5-28-2000
San Francisco GiantsGreg Litton7-4-1991
St. Louis CardinalsAaron Miles9-20-2007
Tampa Bay RaysJosh Wilson6-8-2007
Texas RangersScott Sheldon9-6-2000
Toronto Blue JaysFrank Menechino8-28-2004
Washington NationalsJunior Noboa7-20-1990*

* - Fellow position player Dave Martinez pitched right before Noboa in the same game.

I wonder which team will have a position player pitch first this season. The Braves already got creative by having a pitcher play the outfield (Chris Resop on April 4) for one batter, but it's been almost twenty years since a position player pitched for them.

As promised, the six position players to pitch last season:
  • Jeff Cirillo - Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Aaron Miles - St. Louis Cardinals
  • Augie Ojeda - Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Scott Spiezio - St. Louis Cardinals
  • Josh Wilson - Tampa Bay Devil Rays
  • Jason Wood - Florida Marlins

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Most Expensive Bullpens on Opening Day 2008

Okay, so this post is a week late, two days late, one day late, or (thanks to weather) right on time, depending on your favorite team's schedule. One of the most important parts of a team's composition is the bullpen. The average starter in the major leagues last season lasted about 5 2/3 innings per game, leaving 3 1/3 innings for his team's pen. Those ten outs per game (sometimes seven, occasionally more) can spell success or failure for a team's season. Some teams prefer to look for cheap arms to fling against the wall to see who sticks while others prefer to splurge on the free agent market to acquire arms to staff the pen.

What I want to do here is find the bullpens that are drawing the highest combined salary for this season. I've used the depth charts on mlb.com in combination with the active rosters on mlb.com to figure out each team's bullpen as best I can. Further, I've checked injury reports to include players that, if healthy, would be in their team's bullpen (B.J. Ryan, Mike Timlin, etc.).

For salaries, I used the excellent Cot's Baseball Contracts and assumed players without salary data (usually rookies or other young players) are making $400,000 this year. I know the major league minimum is actually $390k this season, but most teams kick in bonuses to their players, so $400k seems fair as a ballpark estimate.

2008 Opening Day Bullpens by Total Salary (in millions of dollars)
  1. Milwaukee Brewers, 26.850
  2. New York Yankees, 26.175
  3. Los Angeles Angels, 22.100
  4. New York Mets, 20.775
  5. Philadelphia Phillies, 17.950
  6. Chicago Cubs, 17.560
  7. Minnesota Twins, 17.525
  8. St. Louis Cardinals, 17.350
  9. Cincinnati Reds, 16.375
  10. Colorado Rockies, 15.774
  11. Toronto Blue Jays, 15.615
  12. Tampa Bay Rays, 13.858
  13. Chicago White Sox, 13.175
  14. Washington Nationals, 12.450
  15. Detroit Tigers, 11.875
  16. Houston Astros, 11.025
  17. San Diego Padres, 10.970
  18. Boston Red Sox, 10.936
  19. Baltimore Orioles, 10.660
  20. Cleveland Indians, 10.650
  21. Oakland Athletics, 10.100
  22. Kansas City Royals, 9.041
  23. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7.975
  24. Texas Rangers, 7.592
  25. Los Angeles Dodgers, 6.240
  26. Atlanta Braves, 6.000
  27. Pittsburgh Pirates, 5.535
  28. Seattle Mariners, 5.400
  29. Florida Marlins, 5.228
  30. San Francisco Giants, 5.188
Here are the members of the most expensive and least expensive bullpens:

Milwaukee: Eric Gagne ($10M), David Riske ($4M), Derrick Turnbow ($3.2M), Salomon Torres ($3.2M), Guillermo Mota ($3.2M), Brian Shouse ($2.0M), Seth McClung ($0.75M), Randy Choate (Disabled List - $0.5M)

San Francisco: Brad Hennessey ($1.6M), Vinnie Chulk (Disabled List - $0.8375M), Tyler Walker ($0.750M), Brian Wilson ($0.4M), Jack Taschner ($0.4M), Erick Threets ($0.4M), Merkin Valdez ($0.4M), Keiichi Yabu ($0.4M)

It's interesting that the Brewers' bullpen costs almost as much as the bottom six teams on the list combined. I was also surprised how highly Tampa Bay is on the list; I know they don't have the lowest payroll in the league anymore, but I didn't expect to see their bullpen in the upper half.