The Salary Dump All-Stars
With all the bad contracts and salary dumps on the way this offseason, I thought it'd be fun to create the Salary Dump All-Star Team. These are the worst contracts at each position, based mainly on 2006 salary. The salary below is just '06. I used Cot's Baseball Contracts for the figures.
This group would cost over $150MM next year, and I left out the bench and bullpen. Disagree with a choice? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
C - Jason Kendall - $11,000,000 - Scott Podsednik, but with a bigger paycheck and catcher's gear. And less speed.
1B - Phil Nevin - $10,000,000 - I know Jim Thome and Todd Helton are paid more, but Nevin doesn't seem to have anything left after hitting .237.287/.379 in '05.
2B - Alfonso Soriano - $10,000,000 - That salary is just a guess, as Soriano figures to get a decent raise from his current $7.5MM salary through arbitration. The 36 HR look great, but the atrocious defense and .309 OBP don't.
SS - Cristian Guzman - $4,200,000 - He's got the lowest salary on the team. But both Guzman's glovework and offense took a nosedive and he's a huge detriment to the team.
3B - Mike Lowell - $9,000,000 - The Marlins are so desperate to dump Lowell's salary that they may let the Rangers explore the potential of 25 year-old Josh Beckett. Some have whispered about steroids when talking about Lowell's massive decline...but isn't it possible that he simply lost it?
RF - Magglio Ordonez - $15,000,000 - This deal really didn't make sense for the Tigers. Magglio's power numbers were way down in his initial half-season with Detroit.
CF - Ken Griffey Jr. - $12,500,000 - Maybe Griffey finally earned his salary in 2005. But he still has to go, not that Dan O'Brien understands that.
LF - Ryan Klesko - $10,000,000 - The Padres would be ecstatic to get this one off the books.
SP - Chan Ho Park - $13,000,000 - The posterboy for bad contracts. And for getting photographed in compromising positions.
SP - Eric Milton - $8,500,000 - How is it that every casual baseball fan knew this would end up terribly, but Reds' management didn't?
SP - Carl Pavano - $8,000,000 - They're the Yankees, so they can do stuff like this. But A.J. Burnett for similar money will be a much better investment.
SP - Matt Clement - $9,500,000 - You can blame the injury, but his strikeout rate was way down last year. Might be league average from here on out.
Closer - Keith Foulke - $7,250,000 - This was certainly not a bad contract. But the Red Sox would be happy to get out of the final year of the deal.