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Linval Joseph went from All-Pro front-runner to missing four of the final five regular-season games last season. The run defense suffered noticeably and ended up ranking 17th.
Rookie Max Kepler continued to show promise for the future of the Minnesota Twins, though the present-day struggles led to one member of the team being traded away.
A stale year for Jimmy Walker came to life Thursday in the PGA Championship when he saw putts drop and wound up leading a major for the first time in his career.
Max Kepler stroked his eighth home run of the month in the sixth inning Thursday to tie the score, then put himself in the middle of the game-winning, four-run rally for the Twins.
Eduardo Nunez's best season encouraged Giants to part with lefthander Adalberto Mejia.