Nick Castellanos, Aroldis Chapman among stars on pumpkin watch

Sometimes baseball players age gracefully and retire on their own terms. Hall of Famers David Ortiz and Chipper Jones are among that lucky cohort. However, the vast majority of them fall off the radar before you realize they’re gone.

In 2018, Scooter Gennett was a National League All-Star. After struggling for the red and giants the following year, he never signed with a major league team again. Wilson Ramos, Mitch Moreland, Shin-Soo Choo and Mike Foltynewicz are just a few others who were All-Stars four years ago and haven’t been on an MLB roster for a long time. It’s hard to tell when a player’s talent is no longer top-notch, but it’s an important skill for front offices trying to differentiate between a veteran who could end up as a bargain and a player who’s already turned into a pumpkin.