There is still time for most players to turn things around; any hitter can have a bad month, especially in April, when pitchers generally have the upper hand. However, a hitter’s full history can provide clues as to whether a turnaround can be expected. It can also tell us whether we’re seeing the continuation of a decline phase that portends disaster further down the line.
So let’s closely examine the histories of some slumping hitters to see if you should be considering a trade or an outright dump in the not too distant future. Remember, we’re looking for a decline in the skill metrics, not just a decline in counting statistics or batting average.