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It might not seem like it this offseason, but MLB teams are notorious for throwing way too much money at free agents and regretting it later. Unlike the NFL where players can be cut at minimum cost, most MLB teams are stuck with their player's contracts no matter how poorly they play. This also isn't pennies they dish out to underperforming players.
There are plenty of players that are a bit overpaid on bad teams, but then there are the players who are a step above, providing very little production for millions of dollars. Yankees fans are well acquainted with this phenomenon over the years. As we wait for Harper and Machado to get signed to ANY contract, here are the four worst contracts in baseball right now.
4. Albert Pujols, DH, LAA
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One of the worst contracts in baseball for years now, the Angels somehow still have three more years of Pujols on the books. Signed to a backloaded 10-year, $240-million contract in 2012, Pujols has become an albatross for LA. In 2018, Pujols hit .245 with 19 home runs and 64 RBI while making a cool $30 million. This of course includes the $3 million bonus he got for reaching 3,000 hits. The future Hall of Famer has been on the decline for years and will still make another $87 million over the next three years.
3. Jordan Zimmermann, SP, DET
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Zimmermann is the biggest surprise here if only because there's no reason anyone should have paid him $110 million in the first place. In 2016, the Tigers signed him to a 5 year, $110 million contract and since then his ERA has been 5.24. He's only on the books for two more years, but there's $50 million left to be paid. Zimmermann turned it around a bit in 2018, but still posted a 4.52 ERA. There's no salvaging this contract at this point.
2. Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
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Davis probably has the worst contact in baseball. The Orioles signed the power hitting first baseman to a 7-year, $161-million deal in 2016 and since then he has hit .221, .215 and .168. In 2018, Davis possibly had the worst season of All-Time, hitting the aforementioned .168 while striking out 192 times and only hitting 16 home runs. If Davis doesn't make a serious jump in 2019, this might be one of the worst contracts in any sport ever.
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, NYY
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In 2014, the Yankees signed Ellsbury to a massive 7-year, $153-million contract and he began underperforming immediately. His career average on the Yankees is a full 30 points worse than his career average in Boston and he's struggled with constant injuries. He made $21 million last season and didn't play in a single game due to injury. He's in line for another $21 million this year no matter how many games he plays in. With younger, better outfielders on the team, Ellsbury is nothing but dead weight.
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