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4 Most Overpaid Players in MLB This Season

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The MLB might not have a true salary cap like the NFL or the NBA, but that doesn't mean overpaying for a player doesn't hurt, and these atrocious contracts certainly hurt. Many of these  contracts even prevented teams from pursuing talented sluggers like Bryce Harper or Manny Machado this offseason. 

With that said, let's break down the four most overpaid players in the MLB this season.

4. Chris Davis (1B/DH, Baltimore Orioles)

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Once one of the most feared power hitters in the MLB, Chris Davis is now one of baseball's most overpaid players. Davis is earning $17 million this season, which is tough considering he only hit .168 last season, adding just 16 HR and 49 RBI. 

3. Albert Pujols (1B/DH, Los Angeles Angels)

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Albert Pujols is one of the best hitters in baseball history, but he sure hasn't aged gracefully. The Los Angeles Angels thought they acquired a superstar when Pujols signed his 10-year, $240 million deal, but Pujols hasn't delivered, hitting just .245 and adding 19 HR last season. 

This season, Pujols is earning $28 million, making him one of the most overpaid players in baseball, unless he somehow regains his swing. 

2. Felix Hernandez (SP, Seattle Mariners)

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Felix Hernandez was once a perennial Cy Young award contender and one of the most exciting young pitchers in baseball. However, he's really regressed in recent years. Last season, Hernandez posted a 5.55 ERA. For a man making $27 million this season, that kind of production just won't cut it. 

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (OF, New York Yankees)

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Jacoby Ellsbury signed a seven-year, $153 million contract with the New York Yankees, and he barely even plays. The Yankees have tried to trade him for the last two years, but he's got no takers, which shows how far he's fallen. Ellsbury is earning $21.14 million this season and has been dealing with an injury that's kept him out of spring training. Doesn't seem like he'll play much, if at all, for the Yankees once again. 

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