The 'race' for MLB's worst record

Rangers, Rockies and Cubs among those at risk of finishing '14 in the cellar

Updated: August 4, 2014, 5:03 PM ET
By Paul Swydan | ESPN Insider

Ryan HowardAP Photo/Alex BrandonRyan Howard and the Phillies have had a rough 2014, but haven't been as bad as some other teams.

No team wants to finish dead last and be considered the worst team in baseball. But these days, it's not as bad as it used to be. Thanks to revenue-sharing, the teams at the bottom of the standings never truly bottom out.

And of course, whoever finishes as the worst of the worst gets the No. 1 pick in the draft. The difference between picking first and picking second might not seem like much -- especially given the potential of doing something foolish, such as drafting Matt Bush instead of Justin Verlander -- but historically, there has been a significant difference in the value each pick provides

This year, there are three leading candidates to finish with the worst record in the big leagues: the Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and Colorado Rockies. Outside of those "front-runners," there are a few other teams that could reach the bottom.

In the table below, you can see the expected final record for each of the bottom "contenders," courtesy of FanGraphs.