With no salary cap to save teams from themselves, baseball is full of guys who make you sit up straight and ask, “he’s making how much?” Here are eight of the worst contracts in the game, all cases where the cost far outweighs the production.
The 39-year old designated hitter is in the fourth year of a four-year, $68 million contract. In two of those years he’s hit under .245 and posted an OPS south of .700. He cannot play the field or run the bases in critical situations. He’s hit a whopping 52 home runs in that time and yet maintained his position in the No. 4 or 5 slot of the Detroit Tigers order. It’s as though they think ignoring the problem will make it go away or be less real.