Kevin Mitchell (1996)
If you have a chance to sign a former MVP, why not do it? After slashing .326/.429/.681 for the Reds during the truncated 1994 season, Mitchell found himself in the Land of the Rising Sun in 1995, tearing up the league before a knee injury and subsequent feud with the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks led him to Fort Myers in March 1996.
Mitchell’s weight and attitude were established concerns at this point in his career, as he logged only 92 at-bats for Kevin Kennedy‘s third place club and demanded a trade. Dan Duquette dished him to Cincinnati at the deadline for the immortal Roberto Mejia and Brad Tweedlie.