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The MLB free agent market is filled with big names that are bound to command hefty contracts no matter where they sign. However, whether it's due to age, health issues, or just plain inconsistency, there are a select few that are bound to disappoint any team that signs them.
With that in mind, here are baseball's top four most overrated free agents.
4. Matt Wieters, C, Washington Nationals
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Matt Wieters is the definition of inconsistency and the fact that he keeps getting paid is beyond me at this point. Staying healthy has been an issue for the 10-year veteran throughout his career and he's coming off a terrible two-year tenure with the Washington Nationals in which he recorded a 0.0 WAR. Yet, considering it's hard to get production out of the catcher position and that he has four All-Star appearances under his belt, there's bound to be one team that'll overpay for his services.
3. Daniel Murphy, 2B, Chicago Cubs
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Dangerous hitters who have thrived in the playoffs always command a lot of money. However, Daniel Murphy is hitting the market at the wrong time in his career. There's no doubt that his bat is lethal, but he's at the age where bat speed begins to slow down and he's already weak defensively. He may have one more good year left in the tank, but any team that signs him would be paying for past performance.
2. Nelson Cruz, DH, Seattle Mariners
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How Nelson Cruz has been able to fight off Father Time for this long is beyond reason at this point in his career. But that doesn't mean he isn't a risky signing. The 14-year veteran has incredible power and is capable of doing some serious damage, but he has nothing to offer defensively and is strictly limited to the DH spot. Cruz, who will be 39 years old on Opening Day, isn't getting any younger and his production is bound to fall off a steep cliff sooner rather than later.
1. Josh Donaldson, 3B, Cleveland Indians
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Outside of Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, Josh Donaldson is the premier middle-of-the-order bat on the market, and he's bound to get a pretty hefty deal wherever he signs. However, health issues over the past two years and a huge dip in production in 2018 make him a risky signing, at best. Power bats are hard to come by, so there's bound to be a team willing to meet Donaldson's demands. However, if his recent regression is any indication, there's a very real chance that signing the eight-year veteran could blow up in that team's face.
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