In the most popular American sports, salaries for each team are limited by a salary cap. In football, where you only get what you are guaranteed, contracts are usually done with a lot of back-loading. In basketball, there are set contracts for certain players and their last team is the one that each player can get the most money from. In baseball, this is 100 percent not the case.
Ever since Alex Rodriguez got his first massive contract with the Texas Rangers, contracts have been inflating to the point where a single season of play can result in a lifetime of living a quality life. In many cases, these contracts are so large and out of this world that the regular baseball fans are angered at the site of the player. These big money contracts are enough to lure players from smaller markets without a lot of extra spending money to the typical big spenders in New York, Boston, Detroit, St. Louis, and Los Angeles.
It’s not to say that nobody is worth a $100 million contract over the course of five years or that players don’t deserve to make $30 million a year, but when the common fan is struggling to make ends meet in a struggling American economy, there won’t be any sympathy given to a player that suffers an injury in Spring Training and still gets their massive paycheck each week. Some of the big money contracts have been well-deserved and have been worth every penny for the team, while other big contracts have left some teams on the hook for a lot of money.
What are the top 15 worst contracts in Major League Baseball today?
15 John Danks, Chicago White Sox
14 Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
13 Carl Crawford, Los Angeles Dodgers
12 Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
11 Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers
10 Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers
9 B.J. Upton, Atlanta Braves
8 Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
7 Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees
6 Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners
5 Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies
4 Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Angels
3 Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
2 Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
1 Dan Uggla, Atlanta Braves
The Braves spent a lot of money to bring Dan Uggla into town to be their second baseman. Coming off the best season of his career where he hit .287 with 33 home runs with 105 RBIs with the Florida Marlins, the Braves traded for Uggla. What they did after trading for him is give him a lot of money when the production just wasn’t there. They gave Uggla a five-year, $62 million deal, including more than $18 million which is still owed to him following his release. All he did in return is give the team one of the worst performances in the history of baseball over 4 years, hitting .209 with 535 strikeouts in 1,701 at-bats.
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