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(NESN)   The ten worst MLB contracts of 2013. Come for the A-Rod; stay to marvel at the geniuses who decided to give Jayson Werth a deal that pays him $99 million over the next five years   (nesn.com ) divider line
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2013-02-02 06:50:34 AM  
Baseball doesn't matter anymore. Only a few of the teams still make a profit, most have zero chance of winning the World Series, so who cares?

MLB should just shut down.
 
2013-02-02 08:16:43 AM  

MmmmBacon: Baseball doesn't matter anymore. Only a few of the teams still make a profit, most have zero chance of winning the World Series, so who cares?

MLB should just shut down.


Aren't you a ray of sunshine.
 
2013-02-02 08:24:57 AM  
hes just making the list?
that contract has always been crap
 
2013-02-02 08:29:56 AM  
Sure, the ARod deal is awful....but holy shiat is that pujols deal going to be vomit worthy in 3/4 years
 
2013-02-02 08:36:28 AM  
List fails without Carl Pavano's contract with the Yankees.
 
2013-02-02 08:43:11 AM  
Subby fail for failing to mention link goes to slideshow.
 
2013-02-02 09:05:23 AM  

kingdd: List fails without Carl Pavano's contract with the Yankees.


In fairness, I think they were going with current contracts. However, I will say as soon as I saw it was a NESN piece, I knew there would of course be no mention of Red Sox players.

For example, they have C.J. Wilson listed in the top 10 for making ~$16mm per year for 4 years. He had a pretty decent first half last year and has been very durable over the last 3 year pitching 200+ innings and starting over 30 games. There are teams that would pay money for that alone. Then there's John Lackey on the Red Sox. The guy makes the same money, ~$16mm but is locked in for 5 years. He has not been durable, he has not pitched well, and he's a malcontent in the clubhouse. And if you compare him stats-wise with C.J. Wilson, I don't think he's as good.  But because this is NESN, you won't see him on the list.
 
2013-02-02 09:09:09 AM  

MmmmBacon: Baseball Basketball doesn't matter anymore. Only a few of the teams still make a profit, most have zero chance of winning the World Series The NBA Championship, so who cares?

MLB The NBA should just shut down.


Fixed this for you.

/I like the NBA
//But lets be honest...
 
2013-02-02 09:12:34 AM  
I don't get the fascination with what people make in baseball. There's no salary cap, so a team can buy any player they want whenever they want to. It's not like the NBA or the NFL where a huge contract could potentially ruin the ability of making any roster moves. A-Rods out for half a season? No problem, pick up Youkilis to fill the role.

Even as a fan of a fairly low payroll team (the Padres), I just don't care about what other teams spend. The Dodgers want to have a 225m+ payroll? Good for them, and it's nice to see ownership doing whatever they can for the team to win. Our ownership wants to keep the payroll around 60m? Oh well, let's see if some of these young players can put it together and make a run.
 
2013-02-02 09:13:47 AM  
For those who want to avoid the slide show:

10. CJ Wilson
9. John Danks
8. Mark Teixeira
7. Vernon Wells
6. Albert Pujols
5. Ryan Howard
4. Joe Mauer
3. Carl Crawford
2. Jayson Werth
1. Alex Rodriguez

Excuse me while I go laugh at Danks being on this list. 57 Million remaining for a relatively young lefty isn't bad at all. Also, Ryan Howard should be #2 just on when the Phillies extended him (he had something like 2 years left on his original deal).
 
2013-02-02 09:50:25 AM  
I don't mind the Jason Werth contract. Yes they are paying him more than he is worth but they had to overpay in order to get him to come to the Nationals. He had a bad first year but he bounced back last year and was doing very well until he landed on his wrist. He is good at getting on base and is a great outfielder.

Yes the contract is a bit much but the Nationals have the money to spend so why shouldn't they spend it. The Nationals finished with the best record in baseball and are projected to win the NL East again this year.  Compare that with the Orioles who get a larger share of the TV revenue and refuse to spend any money. They barely made the playoffs last year and most likely will miss them this year.
 
2013-02-02 10:43:51 AM  
So it's Jo Mauers fault he hits .319 with an AL best OBP AND can play 1st base for you? What a dumb farkin list, i thought we moved passed HR being the only meaningful stat.
 
2013-02-02 10:53:47 AM  

Fear_and_Loathing: MmmmBacon: Baseball doesn't matter anymore. Only a few of the teams still make a profit, most have zero chance of winning the World Series, so who cares?

MLB should just shut down.

Aren't you a ray of sunshine.


He's also completely wrong on just about every point he thinks he's trying to make.
 
2013-02-02 11:07:31 AM  
I'll add Johan Santana (2 years 50mil left) and Nick Markakis (3 years 47 mil left) to the list.
 
2013-02-02 11:19:55 AM  
Thank you for the link to a truly awful site

Couldn't even enjoy the article
 
2013-02-02 11:32:27 AM  
Bobby Bonilla read this article and laughed as he cashed another check from the Mets.
 
2013-02-02 12:14:07 PM  
A link to a website with a link to another website's slideshow? F.
 
2013-02-02 12:46:05 PM  
a.espncdn.com
 
2013-02-02 12:46:11 PM  

WinoRhino: Then there's John Lackey on the Red Sox. The guy makes the same money, ~$16mm but is locked in for 5 years


This is an inaccurate description of Lackey's contract. The list was based on the remaining money. Lackey has 2 guaranteed years remaining, both at 15.25. However, because he missed last season, the team has a club option for 500K in 2015. The club WILL pick that option up. So he actually has 3/31 remaining, though it's spread out non-uniformly.

Malcolm_Sex: AND can play 1st base for you?


Having a catcher who can play first isn't really a bonus; every catcher should be able to do it (though, since every catcher throws righty, you may not want them to).

Now, yes, it's more valuable to have Mauer playing first than sitting on the bench, which is presumably the other option. But it is not nearly as valuable as having him play catcher.
 
2013-02-02 01:05:27 PM  
Here's a fun fact: If the Mets don't sign another outfielder, Bobby Bonilla will be their highest paid outfielder of the 2013 season.
 
2013-02-02 01:41:32 PM  

DeWayne Mann: This is an inaccurate description of Lackey's contract. The list was based on the remaining money. Lackey has 2 guaranteed years remaining, both at 15.25. However, because he missed last season, the team has a club option for 500K in 2015. The club WILL pick that option up. So he actually has 3/31 remaining, though it's spread out non-uniformly.


To paraphrase Dennis Miller's old joke about three-for-the-price-of-one discount suit deals, three of shiat is still shiat. I don't think the guy is worth the contract they signed him to originally, do you? I ask honestly because you always seem to catch things that I miss but from what I've seen of him, I think he's had one really good year and declined every year since.
 
2013-02-02 01:49:01 PM  

WinoRhino: I don't think the guy is worth the contract they signed him to originally, do you?


Oh, I never thought he was worth what they gave him. Really similar to the Yankees deal with Burnett, for instance. Of course, I hate 98% of free agent pitchers anyway.

But the club option for 500K has some significant luxury tax implications. That doesn't matter quite so much now that Crawford/AGonz/Beckett are gone, but it means that the Sox could go over the luxury tax limit in 2015 by a rather significant amount without paying a cent in actual tax. Or in 2014, if they'd prefer to do it that way (it depends on when they official pick up the option).

I don't think it's a coincidence that all of the players signed this offseason got deals of 3 years or less.
 
2013-02-02 01:54:44 PM  

CipollinaFan: I don't mind the Jason Werth contract. Yes they are paying him more than he is worth but they had to overpay in order to get him to come to the Nationals. He had a bad first year but he bounced back last year and was doing very well until he landed on his wrist. He is good at getting on base and is a great outfielder.

Yes the contract is a bit much but the Nationals have the money to spend so why shouldn't they spend it. The Nationals finished with the best record in baseball and are projected to win the NL East again this year.  Compare that with the Orioles who get a larger share of the TV revenue and refuse to spend any money. They barely made the playoffs last year and most likely will miss them this year.


The Werth contract was the Nats way of saying "we are ready to spend money to build a winning franchise".
 
2013-02-02 02:14:20 PM  

The Bestest: Fear_and_Loathing: MmmmBacon: Baseball doesn't matter anymore. Only a few of the teams still make a profit, most have zero chance of winning the World Series, so who cares?

MLB should just shut down.

Aren't you a ray of sunshine.

He's also completely wrong on just about every point he thinks he's trying to make.


Yeah, there are plenty of examples of low-payroll teams making deep runs into the playoffs in recent years.  And just spending hundreds of millions of dollars on contracts doesn't seem to be enough to buy a World Series.
 
2013-02-02 02:38:54 PM  

Malcolm_Sex: So it's Jo Mauers fault he hits .319 with an AL best OBP AND can play 1st base for you? What a dumb farkin list, i thought we moved passed HR being the only meaningful stat.


OBP means nothing if you only play in 25 games a season.
 
2013-02-02 02:46:41 PM  

MNguy: Malcolm_Sex: So it's Jo Mauers fault he hits .319 with an AL best OBP AND can play 1st base for you? What a dumb farkin list, i thought we moved passed HR being the only meaningful stat.

OBP means nothing if you only play in 25 games a season.


Mauer's averaged 130 games per (full) season in the majors.  That's great for a guy who spends the majority of his time catching.

He's got six years left at $23M/year, finishing when he's 35.  It's a pricy contract, but it doesn't scream "horrible" the way Ryan Howard's does.  Mauer was one of the 10 most valuable players in the AL in 2012.
 
2013-02-02 02:54:07 PM  

devilskware: I'll add Johan Santana (2 years 50mil left) and Nick Markakis (3 years 47 mil left) to the list.


Markakis?  28 years old, pretty solid hitter, only on contract through age 31.  He need to work on his defense and/or move to LF, but he's a reasonably good player in his prime years.  $15-16M is a little high, but not weird for the market.

Santana only has 2013 left.  2014 is an option (unless he wins the 2013 Cy Young or pitches 215 IP), and the Mets can buy him out for $5.5M.

I expect that if he gets anywhere near 215 IP, the Mets start getting very interested in bringing in situational relievers in the 6th inning or so.
 
2013-02-02 02:56:22 PM  
Surprised to see that Barry Zito didn't make this list. I guess it's because he is near the end of his contract. Watching him stink for $20 million per year, year after year, has been torture.
 
2013-02-02 03:12:24 PM  
paying hamilton the same as pujols per year...thats $50 million per year on two big names with a luke warm stat sheet from 2012.
 
2013-02-02 04:29:45 PM  

Outlaw2097: paying hamilton the same as pujols per year...thats $50 million per year on two big names with a luke warm stat sheet from 2012.


I don't know that a combined 8.3 WAR (fangraphs) is "lukewarm". They were both top 50 players. And Hamilton figures to be slightly more valuable now that he'll play LF or RF, positions that will likely improve his defensive contributions (Hamilton was a top 10 hitter in wOBA - a measure that includes pretty much everything offensively - but his defensive value was negative). Hamilton's second half wasn't as good as his first half, sure. And Pujols wasn't as good as he was in St. Louis. But they're both still really good players.

And it's more than cancelled out by the fact that they'll be paying perhaps the best player in baseball league minimum.
 
2013-02-02 04:45:11 PM  

Droog8912: CipollinaFan: I don't mind the Jason Werth contract. Yes they are paying him more than he is worth but they had to overpay in order to get him to come to the Nationals. He had a bad first year but he bounced back last year and was doing very well until he landed on his wrist. He is good at getting on base and is a great outfielder.

Yes the contract is a bit much but the Nationals have the money to spend so why shouldn't they spend it. The Nationals finished with the best record in baseball and are projected to win the NL East again this year.  Compare that with the Orioles who get a larger share of the TV revenue and refuse to spend any money. They barely made the playoffs last year and most likely will miss them this year.

The Werth contract was the Nats way of saying "we are ready to spend money to build a winning franchise".


If that was the case, shouldn't they have spent the money on someone that helps them win?
 
2013-02-02 04:57:04 PM  
bacongood:
If that was the case, shouldn't they have spent the money on someone that helps them win?

Werth was never a question of talent--just durability--and does help them win.  If he's on the field, he's a very good player.  And he's a symbol that the Nats are ready to win, aka don't laugh when they call and ask if you want to discuss a free agent contract with them as if they were the Marlins.
 
2013-02-02 05:55:24 PM  

WinoRhino: kingdd: List fails without Carl Pavano's contract with the Yankees.

In fairness, I think they were going with current contracts.


I realize its been 10 years but deep down that contract still pains me.
 
2013-02-02 07:19:22 PM  

bacongood: If that was the case, shouldn't they have spent the money on someone that helps them win?


Win 98 games, you mean?
 
2013-02-02 09:15:51 PM  
I always thought the nationals were crazy to give werth that much, he's OK but not even close to that amount.
 
2013-02-02 09:41:12 PM  
You could say Werth's contract is MONEY IN THE BANK!
www.theringcrewshow.com
 
2013-02-02 09:54:58 PM  

Malcolm_Sex: So it's Jo Mauers fault he hits .319 with an AL best OBP AND can play 1st base for you? What a dumb farkin list, i thought we moved passed HR being the only meaningful stat.


Joe Mauer is the heart of the Minnesota Twins... this entry sucks, any team would love to have him
 
2013-02-02 10:12:41 PM  
No Albert Belle mention? Or is this just current contracts?
 
2013-02-02 11:16:34 PM  

kronicfeld: bacongood: If that was the case, shouldn't they have spent the money on someone that helps them win?

Win 98 games, you mean?


And how many were on Werth? His contract is horrible and is nor worth it to the nats.
 
2013-02-03 12:18:30 AM  

kingdd: I realize its been 10 years but deep down that contract still pains me


I'm taking it that Groton, CT, is in the Yankee territory. I agree, though, as outdated as it is, it still brings me joy. ;)
 
2013-02-03 12:44:05 AM  

WinoRhino: kingdd: I realize its been 10 years but deep down that contract still pains me

I'm taking it that Groton, CT, is in the Yankee territory. I agree, though, as outdated as it is, it still brings me joy. ;)


Speaking as someone who grew up in the next town over, that area tended to be a pretty good mix of Sox/Yanks. It's about a 2 hour drive to each Boston and New York.
 
2013-02-03 05:07:09 PM  

WinoRhino: kingdd: I realize its been 10 years but deep down that contract still pains me

I'm taking it that Groton, CT, is in the Yankee territory. I agree, though, as outdated as it is, it still brings me joy. ;)


It's actually half way between Yankees and Red Sux. I'm from NY. My wife is a fan of those other guys.
 
2013-02-03 07:02:17 PM  
Baseball sucks. Always has, always will.
 
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