Large contracts in sports are almost always risky. As a general manager, you might think you are gaining a valuable asset to help your team win a championship. That’s not always the case however. Grantland’s Jonah Keri assembled a list on the 15 worst contracts in Major League Baseball.
Many of these players on the list, such as Albert Pujols and Adam Dunn, could prove to be valuable additions to a number of teams.
However, the large contracts tied to these players often make them impossible to move when their numbers don’t pan out as expected.
“But all of them would attract little to no interest if they were made available for trade tomorrow. In many cases, you’d have to pay the other team just to take these players off your hands.” – Jonah Keri
Dunn is a prime example of this. The 33-year old White Sox designated hitter is owed $56 million through 2014. Despite hitting 41 home runs last season, Dunn posted a .204 batting average, the second lowest of his career.
Below is the full list of the 15 worst contracts in baseball, according to Keri.
- Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees (10 years/$275 million)
- Carl Crawford, Los Angeles Dodgers (7 years/$142 million)
- Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies (5 years/$125 million)
- Jason Werth, Washington Nationals (7 years/$126 million)
- Vernon Wells, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (7 years/$126 million)
- Barry Zito, San Francisco Giants (7 years/$126 million)
- John Lackey, Boston Red Sox (5 years/$82.5 million)
- Juan Uribe, Los Angeles Dodgers (3 years/$21 million)
- Brian Roberts, Baltimore Orioles (4 years/$40 million)
- Johan Santana, New York Mets (6 years/$137.5 million)
- John Danks, Chicago White Sox (5 years/$65 million)
- Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox (4 years/$56 million)
- Brandon League, Los Angeles Dodgers (4 years/$27.5 million)
- Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers (7 years/$154 million)
- Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (10 years/$240 million)
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