Here is an award that no player wants, the least valuable player. You never want to write a player name in this category because it is essentially recognizing a bad year and calling that player out on it. But, for one particular player, getting to this spot has little to do with his on-field actions as much as it does with his off-field behavior.
The 2018 least valuable player is Yadier Alvarez.
Yadier Alvarez was brought to this country and the Dodgers organization because he was a game-changing talent. He was so good that the Dodgers invested $16 million in him and passed on current major leaguer Yoan Moncada.
But, what the Dodgers invested in Alvarez they have hardly gotten back in both performance and commitment. Alvarez abandoned his team not once, but twice this season because he did not get his way. The team wanted one thing, Alvarez wanted another, so the prospect with plummeting stock decided it was my way or the highway and he left.
His attitude was the major driving component to land him this “award” but his statistics on the field do not help his case either. This year, Alvarez has a 4.23 ERA and 5.77 runs allowed per nine innings. Alvarez also averages 7.2 walks per nine innings.
Next year will hopefully be the year that the Dodgers investment pays off.