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Who has the worst contract in baseball?

Jan 21, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

Matthew Carruth at FanGraphs wants you to vote on it.  His candidates: Barry Zito, Alfonso Soriano, Vernon Wells, or the write-in candidate of your choice. I think I’ll write in FOX’s broadcast contract with Major League Baseball, though in that case neither of the parties to the deal are its biggest victims.

If we limit it to ballplayers I don’t think I can top Matthew’s triumvirate. Soriano’s is probably the worst. Yeah,  Zito’s is bad, but he’s at least he’ll take the ball every fifth day and give you average production. Wells may be just as bad as Soriano’s I suppose, but at least he’s a couple of years younger. I dunno, they’re all dogs.

Most of all, I’m having a hard time getting my head around the fact that teams used to give out contracts like that to players no one ever believed to be the best at their position at any given time.

  1. coachmonster - Jan 23, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    Omar Minaya has signed Orlando Hernandez to a two year contract and got at most half a season out of him, signed an aging Castillo to a 4 year deal ???? picked up the option on a 36 year old heavyweight first baseman. love Carlos, but how long could he have lasted. Given Beltran two years too many because Boras starts negotiating at 7 year deals and fans and owners are lucky if he goes down to five. Perez has nasty stuff, but signing him was idiotic based on his Jekyll Hyde act. All in all, the last smart move the Mets made was trading for Santana and the last one before that was trading Kris Benson and his bimbo wife. All the abovementioned contacts are horrific but has any GM a worse recent record than Minaya’s. He has been a disaster ever since the Santana trade.

  2. kevmo - Jan 27, 2010 at 1:20 AM

    Darren Dreifort, by far the worst; a close second is Jason Schmidt.

  3. Aleida Shippy - Feb 20, 2010 at 6:02 AM

    I am collecting Salt and Pepper Pots whenever I can and where ever I find them. They are so

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