David Schoenfield posted his ten worst contracts in baseball on ESPN.com.
1. Alex Rodriguez, 10 years, $275 million: Hey, it’s worth keeping in mind that the Yankees wouldn’t have won the 2009 World Series without A-Rod’s monster postseason — six homers, 18 RBIs in 15 games. Was that worth $275 million? Considering he still has five years and $114 million left in salary (plus potential bonus payments for reaching home-run milestones), I would say this contract is untradeable — except it probably isn’t.
2. Ryan Howard, 5 years, $125 million: Howard’s deal was signed in 2010 but didn’t kick in until 2012. Howard was already in decline then from his 2006-07 peak, and in the past three seasons he has averaged just .256/.339/.483 and 0.3 WAR per season. The Phillies will owe him $105 million over the next four seasons.
3. Carl Crawford, 7 years, $142 million: Crawford was a terrific player for Tampa Bay in 2010, hitting .305, playing awesome defense and stealing 47 bases. He’d averaged 4...