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Last season Joe Mather was signed to a minor league contract and then made the team. Joe Mather was not any good. Not before he signed with the Cubs and especially not with the Cubs. Despite this, he still had nearly 250 plate appearances. Joe Mather was the worst player in baseball last year. Baseball Reference only thought he was the 5th worst player in baseball. In four seasons in the big leagues, Joe Mather has been a replacement level player or better only once according to both Fangraphs and Baseball Reference. That was in 2008. While Brent Lillibridge won't make anyone mistake him for a good player, he's no Joe Mather. Then again, according to Baseball Reference, Brent Lillibridge has been below replacement in 2008, 2009, 2010 and at each stop (3 of them) in 2012. However, in 2011 he was actually valuable. He wasn't just not bad. He was kind of good in 216 plate appearances with the White Sox. He hit .258/.340/.505 (.365 wOBA, 125 wRC+, 1.3 fWAR, 1.7 rWAR, 1.4 WAR...
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