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  • Most overpaid player in MLB history?

    A person being paid millions of dollars for playing baseball -or any sport - is utterly ridiculous. They get paid 10 times more than the doctor who saved a life or the lawyer who brought justice for someone's crime. Oh well, I guess. Life isn't fair.

    Who is the most overpaid baseball player in history?

    Complete list of player earnings thus far: http://www.baseball-reference.com/le...salaries.shtml

    Complete list of largest contracts: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/co...s/?page_id=179

    The first one that comes to mind is Alex Rodriguez. He has earned $297 million so far, and he has lot more $$$$ coming his way in future seasons. His $275 million and $252 million contracts are both the largest contracts in the history of all professional sports.

    Rodriguez is the only player to earn $30 million in a single-season, and he did it 3 times in 2009, 2010, and 2011.

    Aside from Rodriguez, you can make a solid case for Jeter, who has earned $221 million, and Pujols, who signed an Alex Rodriguez-caliber contract at age 32 when his best years are behind him.

    For me, I pick Vernon Wells. In 2011, he earned $26 million, the highest in a single-season by anyone not named Alex Rodriguez.

    A-Rod, Jeter, Pujols, - all of them are massive stars, even if they longer perform like one. They each pull in revenue through marketing, ticket sales, and merchandise. That's where Vernon Wells differs. He is an average player, and he is not a star. He got the big bucks. He never brought any of it back.
    23
    Alex Rodriguez
    8.70%
    2
    Derek Jeter
    8.70%
    2
    Albert Pujols
    0.00%
    0
    Manny Ramirez
    0.00%
    0
    Johan Santana
    0.00%
    0
    Joe Mauer
    0.00%
    0
    Barry Bonds
    4.35%
    1
    Vernon Wells
    30.43%
    7
    Prince Fielder
    0.00%
    0
    Carl Crawford
    26.09%
    6
    Other
    21.74%
    5

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    • #3
      most cubs and mets players of the last decade
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      • #4
        Brien Taylor, is he part of MLB history?
        Last edited by dgarza; 07-27-2012, 12:11 PM.

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        • #5
          Relative to player worth, I'd say Carl Crawford.
          "Age is a question of mind over matter--if you don't mind, it doesn't matter."
          -Satchel Paige

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          • #6
            Originally posted by redban View Post
            A person being paid millions of dollars for playing baseball -or any sport - is utterly ridiculous. They get paid 10 times more than the doctor who saved a life or the lawyer who brought justice for someone's crime. Oh well, I guess. Life isn't fair.

            Who is the most overpaid baseball player in history?

            Complete list of player earnings thus far: http://www.baseball-reference.com/le...salaries.shtml

            Complete list of largest contracts: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/co...s/?page_id=179

            The first one that comes to mind is Alex Rodriguez. He has earned $297 million so far, and he has lot more $$$$ coming his way in future seasons. His $275 million and $252 million contracts are both the largest contracts in the history of all professional sports.

            Rodriguez is the only player to earn $30 million in a single-season, and he did it 3 times in 2009, 2010, and 2011.

            Aside from Rodriguez, you can make a solid case for Jeter, who has earned $221 million, and Pujols, who signed an Alex Rodriguez-caliber contract at age 32 when his best years are behind him.

            For me, I pick Vernon Wells. In 2011, he earned $26 million, the highest in a single-season by anyone not named Alex Rodriguez.

            A-Rod, Jeter, Pujols, - all of them are massive stars, even if they longer perform like one. They each pull in revenue through marketing, ticket sales, and merchandise. That's where Vernon Wells differs. He is an average player, and he is not a star. He got the big bucks. He never brought any of it back.


            None of those guys are anywhere close to "most overpaid in history". Check out Tom "Moneybags" Qualters. Check out Jeff "He Knows How To Win" Blauser's $8 million plus contribution () to the cubbies' pennant hopes. And many more.
            Last edited by westsidegrounds; 07-27-2012, 03:16 PM.

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            • #7
              Mo Vaughn got paid about 70 million to produce 0.0 net WAR from 2000-2004.

              I have no ethical problem with a baseball player making a big share of team revenues. They get taxed nearly 50% between state, federal, FICA etc and get taxed again if they make any capital gains on the money, or if they spend it. If someone offers a painter 10 million for a piece of art I think that's fine, and when we buy tickets we are doing the same thing.

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              • #8
                Bobby Bonilla is still on the books of the O's until 2015 and the Mets until 2035. That is my pick.

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                • #9
                  Why the hell are Bonds Mauer and Manny on that list? I can't think of 3 people who have earned their money more than they have

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BondsOverBabe View Post
                    Why the hell are Bonds Mauer and Manny on that list? I can't think of 3 people who have earned their money more than they have
                    And not Mike Hampton? $108,357,270 for 56 wins in 8 years....$1,934,951.25 per win.

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                    • #11
                      Jason Bay has accumulated 1.8 WAR according to BBR from his age-31 season in 2010 to the present, costing the Mets over $42 million.

                      To date, Bay has been batting .243/.327/.381/.709 for the Mets. And I think that's going to decline further.
                      The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by rsuriyop View Post
                        Relative to player worth, I'd say Carl Crawford.
                        It's all subjective, but Crawford has to be in the discussion. He's done very little to justify the $34 million Boston has paid him the last two seasons.

                        Originally posted by Buczilla View Post
                        Bobby Bonilla is still on the books of the O's until 2015 and the Mets until 2035. That is my pick.
                        20 years or so ago, Bonilla was the highest-paid baseball player in history, despite not being one of the best players in history by any standard of measurement. He was a terrible defensive player. The Mets tried to play him at third base, and he nearly got killed.

                        Originally posted by Blue387 View Post
                        Jason Bay has accumulated 1.8 WAR according to BBR from his age-31 season in 2010 to the present, costing the Mets over $42 million.

                        To date, Bay has been batting .243/.327/.381/.709 for the Mets. And I think that's going to decline further.
                        Injuries have pretty much cooked Bay's career, he looks to be about finished.

                        Alphonso Soriano has to be acknowledged in this thread as well. He's been stealing the Cubs' money for years.
                        Last edited by ol' aches and pains; 07-28-2012, 05:00 AM.
                        They call me Mr. Baseball. Not because of my love for the game; because of all the stitches in my head.

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                        • #13
                          Why would anyone pick Jeter? He's a bargain.
                          Lou Gehrig is the Truest Yankee of them all!

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                          • #14
                            I'm a bit surprised not to see Kevin Brown, given a 7-year, $105 million contract at age 34 that he was wise to accept and then-Dodger GM Kevin Malone was an idiot to give him.

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                            • #15
                              Carl Pavano's four-year contract with the Yankees cost the team about $40M dollars. Boy, that contract was horrendous.

                              From 2005-2008 (he missed 2006 though), Pavano compiled 145.2 IP, going 9-8 with a 5.00 ERA in 26 starts. Not to mention: 11.2 H/9, 1.4 HR/9, 1.9 BB/9 (not too bad, actually), and only 4.6 K/9.

                              So basically, this comes out to...

                              $90,000 per out
                              $275,000 per inning
                              $530,000 per strikeout
                              $1,536,000 per start
                              $4,440,000 per win

                              This all came out to 0.3 WAR. So, that'd be about

                              $133,167,000 per win above replacement

                              That may just be the worst contract of all-time.

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