Utility Player Brandon Inge
Good clubhouse guys are vital to any team in baseball. Without a healthy clubhouse atmosphere and chemistry, winning becomes more difficult. A great clubhouse culture and atmosphere was a stable of the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates.
In the off-season, the team added veteran utility man Brandon Inge to a minor league contract. The former All-Star could play all over the field, had flashed power at times in his career and was known as a great clubhouse influence.
That said, being a great clubhouse influence only goes so far. A player still needs to produce on the field. This was something that Inge failed to do.
Inge, like Contreras, started the season on the DL. After being recalled to the Majors on April 23, he went on to accumulate 110 plate appearances for the Pirates in 51 games. In these 110 PAs, he slashed .181/.204/.238 with a wRC+ of 20, an .057 ISO, and he hit just one home run. While he provided strong defense at third base and first base, this was not enough to overcome his offensive shortcomings.
In July 23, Inge was designated for assignment by the Pirates. This was a move that would prove to end his MLB career. Again, like Contreras, Inge would never again suit up in a MLB game. But of the three players on this list, due to his clubhouse contributions, Inge was the one who provided the most to the 2013 Pirates.