Over the winter, I know that general managers were agonizing over one important decision: Do we bring him back, or do we let him go?

When contracts run out, teams have to decide whether or not they should bring back their stars. A few good years doesn’t necessarily guarantee a few more years of success, but if that star has some more time left, it is naturally a good idea to bring him back.

For the purposes of this article, let’s focus on the first problem. What players have taken a step back this season? Again, just because you were a major star in the past does not necessarily guarantee continued success.

Any statistics used are from Baseball-Reference.com.

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