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3/04/2008 01:41:00 PM

Worst Free Agent Signings of All Time

Carl Pavano
Carl Pavano has had this look on his face for most of his Yankees tenure.
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By Lang Whitaker, SI.com

The NFL free agency period has been a whirlwind of mediocre players, massive contracts and sportscasters and writers clucking in disbelief. Hey, it's not just a football thing -- average athletes can get overpaid in every sport! Here's our top-five worst free-agent signings of all time.

1. Larry Brown to the Oakland Raiders: OK, so he was coming off a Superbowl MVP award and a visit to Late Night with Conan O'Brien, but the 5-year, $12.5 million deal the Raiders signed Brown to seemed a bit excessive. Two seasons later, the Raiders agreed with everyone else and let Brown go.

2. Jon Koncak to the Atlanta Hawks: Koncak was already a Hawk, a reserve center with limited skills. The Pistons signed Koncak to a huge offer, which the Hawks trumped with a 6-year, $13 million deal, making him one of the highest paid players in the NBA. He didn't earn much sympathy in Atlanta by posing for Sports Illustrated with money raining around him.

3. Carl Pavano to the Yankees: After impressing as a young pitcher with Montreal and Florida, Pavano signed a 4-year, $40 million contract with the Yankees before the 2005 season. You might think that by now Yankees fans wouldn't mind wasting $40 million, but you'd be wrong. Since inking with the Yanks, Pavano has recorded all of four wins and suffered more strange injuries than...

5. Grant Hill to the Orlando Magic: After drawing rave reviews early in his career with Detroit, Hill agreed to a 7-year, $93 million deal with the Magic. He brought with him a foot injury that he couldn't kick, and he ended up playing in only 200 games over 7 seasons.

5. Jeff Garcia to the Browns: After working his way up through the CFL to the NFL, eventually guiding the 49ers to the playoffs, Garcia cashed in with a 4-year, $25 million contact with the Browns. His spent his first year in Cleveland criticizing the coaching staff and throwing nearly as many interceptions and touchdowns. Less than a year after they signed him, the Browns waived Garcia.

What's the worst free agent signing of all time? Let us know below...

Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
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Posted: March 4, 2008 2:46 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How can you leave Juwan Howard's $100 million dollar contract off this list. He was a waste of money. As a whole, the NBA signed more terrible free agents to huge contracts than any other professional league.
Posted: March 4, 2008 3:07 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What about the deal Raef LaFrentz signed with Dallas!
Posted: March 4, 2008 3:15 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
You forgot Jim McIlvane of Seattle Sonics and Shawn Kemp of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Posted: March 4, 2008 3:47 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
New York Knicks. Allen Houston. nuff said.
Posted: March 4, 2008 3:57 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Eddie Robinson by the Bulls 4yrs 36 mil
Posted: March 4, 2008 4:43 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Juan Gonzelez with the tigers. Not only did he not produce on the field, but he was considered a cancer in the clubhouse and criticized the Tigers and the city of Detroit in to media. He also spent significant time on the D.L.
Posted: March 4, 2008 5:08 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Here are a few others:

Carolina Panthers & David Carr
Washington Redskins & Adam Archuleta
Colorado Rockies & Mike Hampton
Posted: March 4, 2008 5:12 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about Mark Davis winning the cy young and going to KC royals for a total of 7 saves in two years for 4 year 13 million contract!
Posted: March 4, 2008 5:13 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Juan and the Tigers was a trade. So as god awful as it was, it's for another list.
Posted: March 4, 2008 5:18 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I'm just going to end it.
Jerome James
Posted: March 4, 2008 5:51 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Bobby Bonilla a whole lot of hot air flapping out of those gums
Posted: March 4, 2008 6:21 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Bill Caudill to the Blue Jays, mid 80s. Scott Boras' first big money free agent deal.
Posted: March 4, 2008 6:25 PM   by Anonymous JFJ
The Knicks signed Jerome James to a 5 year, 30 million contract after he was SCHOOLED in the second round of the playoffs as a member of the Supersonics by Tim Duncan, who was on his way to his third NBA Championship and third NBA Finals MVP award.

What were the Knicks thinking?

Never mind, I already know the answer: They weren't!

The really sad part is this is just one of many free agent mistakes the Knicks have made.
Posted: March 4, 2008 6:26 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Allan Houston and Rashard Lewis. You can nearly add all NBA big men and the FA signed by Isiah Thomas.
Posted: March 4, 2008 6:51 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Mo Vaughn to the mets is one, but Allen Houston easily wins.
Posted: March 4, 2008 6:51 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Nick Esasky and the Braves (not his fault he developed vertigo)

Danny Tartabull and the Phillies (gave the Phillies 7 at-bats before fouling a ball of is toe and retiring - he went 0-7)Come to think of it the Phillies are full of them: Lance Parrish, Gregg Jeffries, Adam Eaton, Andy Ashby, etc.
Posted: March 4, 2008 7:11 PM   by Anonymous DJOsito
Two words: MO VAUGHN
Posted: March 4, 2008 7:40 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
how about barry zito?
Posted: March 4, 2008 7:47 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Posted: March 4, 2008 8:29 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
any list of "worst free agent signings of all time" that doesn't include 121 million bucks to mike hampton is incomplete at best and totally absurd at worst.

how about bobby bonilla to the mets?

garcia to the browns was bad, but to put it in the top 5 is nuts.
Posted: March 4, 2008 8:47 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about when Los Mets signed Mo Vaughn. What a waste!!
Posted: March 4, 2008 9:03 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
how can you forget Denny Neagle and Mike Hampton for the Rockies? Neagle did capped his astronmical salary by hitting up prosititutes.
Posted: March 4, 2008 9:24 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Darrell Porter, St. Louis Cardinals. Darrell Porter had three good weeks the entire time he was with the Cardinals. Fortunately, that was during the playoffs and World Series in 1982. They invested way to much money for three weeks.
Posted: March 4, 2008 9:51 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Posted: March 4, 2008 10:59 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Orioles Pitcher Wayne Garland signed by the Indians for 20 years at $20 million.....IN 1976. Two years later he was out after injuries and the Tribe kept on being mediocre for another 15 years
Posted: March 4, 2008 11:18 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Mike Hampton getting $15 mil/year to pitch in Colorado deserves mention. Actually, any pitcher free agent signing by the Rockies deserves mention. (Denny Neagle, anyone?)
Posted: March 4, 2008 11:20 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Jose Canseco by the Yankees. Not only do you get an overpaid cancer, but he brought the pharmacy with him, hurting the rest of the players. Other signings just wasted money; Canseco hurt teams on an entirely different level.
Posted: March 4, 2008 11:27 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
David Carr to anybody.
What about Albert Belle? 5 years, $65 million with the Orioles? The guy had one solid season in '99, a sub-par season in 2000 then was forced into retirement.. he was a disease in the clubhouse. Before Belle, the Orioles were a stud team in the AL .. he drove their stars out of town and ultimately made the organization into the laughing stock they are right now
Posted: March 4, 2008 11:29 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How could you not include the MN T'Wolves signing Joe Smith to an under the table deal costing them several first round draft picks, and banning them from signing him for a year, he plays a year with the Pistons, then they sign him again....he was terrible.....
Posted: March 5, 2008 12:05 AM   by Anonymous sarchildi
darren f*ing dreifort
Posted: March 5, 2008 12:33 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Chan Ho .... hosed the Texas Rangers
Posted: March 5, 2008 2:46 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
what about kevin brown, leaving the padres for the dodgers and 100 mil. seemed to me that he wasnt that special to get that much money, plus how many more cy youngs did he win during the contract?
Posted: March 5, 2008 6:42 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Mike Hampton, Denny Neagle, et al any pitcher signed by Colorado a few years ago during the spending spree in MLB
Posted: March 5, 2008 7:01 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Albert Belle, Sammy Sosa, numerous bad pitchers....let's just say the Baltimore Orioles from 1997 to present.
Posted: March 5, 2008 7:42 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about Jerome James to the Knicks. One of the many mistakes by Isaiah. 5 years, $30 million and he averages less than 5 minutes a game if he plays at all. Good work if you can get it
Posted: March 5, 2008 8:29 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Um..Jerome James with the Knicks! The toughest decision JJ has to make each date is what tie goes with what shirt.
Posted: March 5, 2008 8:40 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Mike Hampton. He hasnt pitched in the last 2.5 years and made about 30 million in that time
Posted: March 5, 2008 8:46 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Let's see....Vin Baker comes to mind immediately.
Posted: March 5, 2008 8:50 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Vince Coleman by The Mets in the early 90s!!
Posted: March 5, 2008 8:51 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about the Royals signing of Mark Davis or the Trailblazers signing of Chris Dudley?
Posted: March 5, 2008 9:19 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
scott mitchell.
Posted: March 5, 2008 9:27 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Alexei Yashin to the Islander... $90 mil wasted
Posted: March 5, 2008 10:01 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Some thoughts on the subject...

Vin (hic!) Baker

The Rays are about to do it if they sign Barry Bonds

Milwaukee signing Eric Gagne

Eagles signing Assante (can't catch the most important interception of my life) Samuel
Posted: March 5, 2008 10:04 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
JD Drew for $14 million/year by the Sox.
Posted: March 5, 2008 10:28 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Freddie Garcia to the Phillies. $10 million for one win last year. Thanks!
Posted: March 5, 2008 10:42 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Matt Geiger
Posted: March 5, 2008 10:43 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Juwan Howard stole moley from the NBA from the moment he was drafted... he signed that $105 million contract with the Heat and never even sneezed at mediocre... He was traded for Obinna Ekezie! How good was he??
Posted: March 5, 2008 11:34 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
what about Roger Clemons for 2007, 25 million for 6 wins
Posted: March 5, 2008 11:38 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about LeCharles Bentley to the Browns?? The man was an All-Pro center, signs the richest contract ever for a center, and then has a career threatening injury the first day of training camp. Still hasn't played in a game.
How about LeCharles Bentley to the Browns?? The man signs the richest contract ever by a center, and then suffers a potentially career ending injury the first day of training camp. Still hasn't played in a game.
Posted: March 5, 2008 11:55 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Tariq Abdul-Wahad!
Denver re-signed him before the 00-01 season. Fortunately for them, they traded him to Dallas the next season (along with Raef, etc). In that 7 year deal, he earned approx. $33,750,000 and averaged 2.62 minutes per game. (he never even suited up after 02-03).
Posted: March 5, 2008 12:02 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Juan Gonzalez - 2005 Indians
$600,000.... 1 at bat.
Posted: March 5, 2008 12:15 PM   by Anonymous Chris Akers
You can't leave bronson arroyo, mike hampton, and jason schmidt off this list.
Come on...Doesnt anyone remember "Operation Shutdown"? Derek Bell's response after finding out that he had to compete for a starting job with the Pirates!
Posted: March 5, 2008 12:36 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Don't forget George Foster!!!
Posted: March 5, 2008 12:48 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
A trio by the Mets: George "They might have to change the flight paths at LGA" Foster, Bobby (I'll show you the Bronx" Bonilla and Vince "Clorox-Spraying" Coleman.
Posted: March 5, 2008 12:50 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
A trio by the Mets: George "They might have to change the flight paths at LGA" Foster, Bobby "I'll show you the Bronx" Bonilla and Vince "Clorox-Spraying" Coleman.
Posted: March 5, 2008 1:07 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Ed Whitson by the Yankees. He got in a fight with Billy Martin, was heckled by fans at home games and basically he was scared to death of being in NY. A real winner!
Posted: March 5, 2008 1:07 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Neon Deion with Redskins, who way overpaid him when no one else wanted him.
Posted: March 5, 2008 1:17 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Ken Griffey Jr. to the Reds? Can you say injury prone
Posted: March 5, 2008 1:30 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Lawrence Phillips to the 49ers didn't break the bank, it just broke Steve Young. I still have nightmares about watching Phillips miss that block on Aeneas Williams, followed by Young laying motionless on the ground. Any signing that costs your football team its franchise, hall of fame quarterback has got to make the list.
Posted: March 5, 2008 1:48 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Eric Milton
Posted: March 5, 2008 1:52 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Derek "Operation Shutdown" Bell to the Pirates
Posted: March 5, 2008 1:54 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Posted: March 5, 2008 1:55 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I have two...and they're both by Dan Snyder and his sycophant, Vinny Cerrato and they both occured in 2006. First was Adam Archuleta who they made the highest paid safety in the league (to team up with the BEST safety in the league, God rest his soul) and the other was for Brandon Lloyd who had all of 25 receptions and no TD's and was paid a $10 million bonus on top of annual salaries for 2006 and 2007. Can it get any worse?
Posted: March 5, 2008 2:10 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What about 98% of FA signings by the Washington Redskins in the Dan Snyder era?

Adam Archuleta & Brandon Lloyd
Posted: March 5, 2008 2:42 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Hampton/Neagle by the Rox.
Dale Carter by the Broncos.
Yashin by the Islanders.
Pretty much anyone by the recent Knicks.
Posted: March 5, 2008 3:13 PM   by Anonymous Starms
Any Pirates signing during the Cam Bonifay and David Littlefield eras. See Derek Bell, Tony Armas Jr. and Jeromy Burnitz
Posted: March 5, 2008 3:36 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
It's already been said but how could you leave Jim McIlvaine off the list???
Posted: March 5, 2008 3:39 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Bobby Bonilla with the NY Mets, with Mo Vaugn a close second.
Posted: March 5, 2008 3:40 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Kevin Brown with the LA Dodgers. The on-call jet service put this over the top.
any deal ever signed by Erik Dampier
Posted: March 5, 2008 5:02 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Brian Mccbae with the Leafs
Posted: March 5, 2008 5:28 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
David Wells and Bartolo Colon by the White Sox.... what a complete waste
Posted: March 5, 2008 6:44 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I completely agree with the posters citing the Mike Hampton contract, which is a travesty by any standard.
Posted: March 5, 2008 6:45 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I almost said Eli Manning.....
Posted: March 5, 2008 6:50 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Just for the record: Wayne Garland's contact was 10 years 2million plus not 20 million.
Adonal Foyal. Also, how about David Beckham, 250 million?????
Posted: March 5, 2008 7:43 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Chan "Hopeless" Park by the Texas Rangers.
How could this list not include the Mets signing of Bobby Bonilla in 1991. It was a 5-year, $29 million dollar deal that at the time, made him the highest-paid player in team sports.
Mo Vaughn was a trade for Kevin Appier, so while it also was terrible for the Mets, it's for another list.
Posted: March 5, 2008 8:36 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
are you kidding...wayne garland doesn't only deserve to be on the list...he deserves top spot...
Posted: March 5, 2008 10:17 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about when Roger Clemens traded his career for Brian McNamee.
Posted: March 5, 2008 10:21 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Wayne Garland to Cleveland was 10 years, $2.3 million. Too bad he only came with 1 working rotator cuff, and it wasn't in his pitching shoulder!
Posted: March 6, 2008 12:41 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Two of my favorites are from the same off-season: Brian Cardinal for 45 mil and Adonal Foyle for 42 mil. Classic moves by Mephis and Golden State, respectively.
Posted: March 6, 2008 2:50 AM   by Anonymous Jin
whoever signs KWAME BROWN next.
Posted: March 6, 2008 6:15 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
what about the cubs signings of dave smith and danny jackson or of mel rojas
Posted: March 6, 2008 7:36 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I knew cleveland would make the list, but a worse cleveland signing was Wayne Garland in the 1970s, 10 years, millions of dollars, and 1 blown shoulder later the Indians were saddled with a contract that kept them under .500 into the 1980s.
Posted: March 6, 2008 9:18 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Wayne Gretzky as a coach....
Posted: March 6, 2008 10:08 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Posted: March 6, 2008 10:11 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Posted: March 6, 2008 10:22 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Leaving out the mentally ill basketball contracts in the 90s, and football contracts (because you can cut your losses) how can you not put any former Pirates (Derek "operation shutdown" Bell 2yr/11M, Pat Meares 6M/year, Kevin "thanks roids for the 6y/36M contract we won't be needing ya anymore" Young and a way over the hill Joe Randa.
Wayne Garland of the Indians was the first bad free agent signing.
Posted: March 6, 2008 11:03 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Matt Clement after a ball off the noggin.
Posted: March 6, 2008 11:25 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Philadelphia has its own list:
Danny Tartable; Jeff Ruland; Freddy Garcia; Jevon Kearse; Doug Peterson. That is just a few off the top of my head......
Posted: March 6, 2008 11:30 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Chan Ho Park by the Rangers for 6 yrs and $66 million or something like that.

A-Rod by the Rangers. Still Paying that one off 8 yrs later even after trade to the Yankees.
Posted: March 6, 2008 11:49 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I sawy someone put Michael Jordan? Six championships. At any point in his career (even the Wizards) he was the biggest draw in sports. He was the only reason the Wizards had season ticket holders. How about that white guy from the Pacers who had 2 good games and got a 50 somehting million dollar contract....Austin Croshere. Oh yeah he was Isiah's favorite player and that's why he was re-signed. Enough said.
Posted: March 6, 2008 12:28 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Not exactly a free agent deal, but about the $100M+ the Falcons blew on Mike Vick?
Posted: March 6, 2008 1:25 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Vin Baker to the Celtics
Posted: March 6, 2008 1:30 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Pat Swilling to the Detroit Lions. They un-retired HofF linebacker Joe Schmidt's #56 so Pat could embarass himself.
Posted: March 6, 2008 2:57 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
There are 3 things that make a free agent signing really bad.
1) Overpaid
2) Underperformance
3) Tying up cap money

So while Pavano, Garcia and Brown were bad moves, they really didn't come close to #3 because Pavano doesn't affect the Yanks spending and Garcia and Brown were waived so they didn't have to pay them the full amounts(depending on what was guaranteed).

That being said the Knicks are still feeling the affect of Allan Houston, and that contract was 7 yrs ago. Any list without him in the top 5 is a joke.
Posted: March 6, 2008 4:36 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Forget the players the free agent signing of Issiah Thomas himself has to rank up there. Not only is he overpaid but he in turn makes horrible signings
Posted: March 6, 2008 5:07 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The Knicks!!!
Posted: March 6, 2008 5:10 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The NBA is full of awful contracts that trump all other sports. Heck, Billy King of the 76ers should get his own list.
Posted: March 6, 2008 7:15 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Mo Vaughn, Anaheim Angels
Posted: March 6, 2008 11:54 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
britt burns didnt throw one pitch for the yankees
Posted: March 7, 2008 12:07 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Anyone signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs (Mats Sundin aside)
Posted: March 7, 2008 1:55 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Mo Vaughn to the Mets!!!...what a disater
Posted: March 7, 2008 2:07 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Alvin Harper
Posted: March 7, 2008 2:42 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Larry Csonka...nuff said?
Posted: March 7, 2008 3:11 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Baltimore Orioles and Albert Belle, the team is still feeling pain from this one.
Posted: March 18, 2008 4:49 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Albert Belle, Baltimore Orioles
Posted: March 20, 2008 3:48 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
anywhere Isiah Thomas has been as a coach. how does he do it?
Posted: March 26, 2008 7:39 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Deion Sanders to the Redskins
Keith Hernandez to the Indians
Chris Webber
University of Michigan
Posted: March 29, 2008 9:18 AM   by Anonymous Jeremy
Anyone the Rangers sign from here on out... They have to overpay to have pitching!
Posted: April 1, 2008 1:55 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I have to agree with the one person who mentioned the Phillies. Year after year they find these stiffs, and last year was nothing new. Freddy Garcia, Adam Eaton. Come on people! I think the Phillies need a new scout in charge of talent, because they are not winning anything right now.
Posted: April 3, 2008 12:38 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Michaelle Hampton signing with the rockies for 15mil per year for 8years
Posted: April 8, 2008 8:57 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Dan Gadzuric, Milwaukee Bucks
$36 million bench warming stiff
Posted: April 8, 2008 6:16 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Any signing by the Minnesota Timberwolves. I would go into specifics but there are so man failures with this team its not even funny. The only good thing they did was drafting KG
Posted: April 8, 2008 6:56 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
New York Mets... Kevin Appier, Mo Vaughn, Roberto Alomar... Trading away Scott Kazmir for Zambrano... Yeah not Carlos...Trading Tom Seaver for Doug Flynn et al., Kaz Matsui... I'm done venting. Let's go Mets!
Posted: April 17, 2008 3:26 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Adam Foote by the Columbus Blue Jackets for over 4M/yr...he was given the captaincy immediately, stunk his first 2 years there, and forced a trade back to Colorado (and ONLY Colorado) while the CBJ were still in the playoff race. A captain bailing on a team like that is pathetic...
Posted: April 29, 2008 5:42 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Let's not forget the Redskins signing of Super Bowl winning/Pro Bowler/MVP QB Jeff George. Wait, he didn't win a Super Bowl? How about an MVP award? Well, he's at least been to the Pro Bowl right? No? Geez, he was a bad signing.
Posted: May 4, 2008 5:01 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Juan g. was a trade----a very bad trade...buckeye
Posted: May 6, 2008 11:32 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Any move by the Pittsburgh Pirates since 1992
Posted: May 6, 2008 11:35 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Hideki Irabu
Posted: May 16, 2008 5:21 PM   by Anonymous JFJ
I can't believe no one has mentioned this, probably because they're still trying to forget (or maybe they already have) or maybe they're still amazed by his most recent one (10 yrs, $275 million), but remember Alex Rodriguez's contract with the Texas Rangers?

It was 10 years, 252 million dollars and worth than the stadium he'd play in! It didn't really pay off as Rodriguez would win just one AL MVP and the Rangers would not win a playoff series, winning a grand total of one game in three divisional series.
Posted: May 17, 2008 11:46 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Hard to see how Garcia to the Browns was a bad signing... he's succeeded everywhere else, included with the Bucs this year... that one's on the Browns for not knowing hot to use him.
Posted: May 18, 2008 6:51 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Bruce Sutter/ Atlanta Braves
Posted: May 19, 2008 6:18 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Andruw Jones 36 mil for two years makes Juan Pierre at 9 mil look like a bargain.
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