The game of baseball has matured and grown so much that players’ salaries are at an all time high. With these inflated salaries, some contracts are just not very team-friendly. More and more agents get involved and negotiate these mega-deals for their clients based upon past performance. The end is nowhere in sight. Salaries will continue to climb to a whole new level.
The top 10 worst Major League contracts are difficult to determine. There are many factors when trying to determine who is being over paid. Annual cost per season is one factor, as in longevity of the contract and if the player has plain and simply justified the amount paid to them since signing the deal.
Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, Joey Votto, Giancarlo Stanton and Prince Fielder all just missed this list. Each is due in excess of over $100 million (some much more than that), but each was productive in 2015 to a certain degree. They could very easily fall into this list with an off-year or just simply by allowing age to catch up with them. When you invest over $100 million into a player, you better do your homework.
This was a difficult list to come up with and I am sure someone was left off the list who is well deserving of this dubious honor. Players like Joe Mauer, Elvis Andrus, Jose Reyes, Ryan Braun and David Wright also just missed this list. Each have excessive contracts, but still have justified their steep pay with their on field acts. In reality I could have made a top-20 list very easily, because there are a ton of over-inflated contracts in the game of baseball right now.
***The amounts owed per player were factored with buy-out clauses for the player’s last contracted year.