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Worst Contracts Ever?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by 3_Octave_Fart, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    Let's hear them, members and moderators.

    Fart has a few candidates (other than Bobby Bonilla, whom is still being paid by the Mets).

    -Barry Zito, Giants, 7 years for $126M
    -DeAngelo Hall, Raiders, 7 years for $70M
    -Denny Neagle, Rockies, 5 years for $51M (he was later booked as a john)
  2. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Josh Hamilton -- 5 years for $125. I can't imagine anything else is close.

    Football contracts are really not in competition here since they're not guaranteed.
  3. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    A-Rod's latest.

    Especially considering he signed it before it was known that he was on the juice.
  4. linotype

    linotype Well-Known Member

    A bad contract from whose perspective, the team's or the player's?

    I'd argue the "blank contract" deal Andre Dawson gave the Cubs in 1987 turned out to be a pretty crappy one for him because it was only worth $500K during a season in which 57 players made $1 million or more, and he wound up winning the NL MVP. Even his agent admitted as such, telling the Trib that "it wasn't a very nice contract for Andre at the time, particularly after what he had done. But it was all I could do."
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Turns out the Brewers couldn't have chosen right between Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun.

    Also: Mike Hampton, 8 years $121 million (back when that was real money), and don't forget the wonderful Colorado public schools.
  6. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    Bobby Bonilla's still getting paid by the Mets, right?

    Which might mean it's a good contract for both parties, I assume.

    Seems to me the Josh Hamilton contract blows.

  7. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Zito's was bad but he was key in helping win a world series.

    Vernon Wells
    Sam Bradford
  8. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Lane Kiffin, Tennessee.
  9. WCIBN

    WCIBN Active Member

    Dawson's contract also included $200K in incentives that he did cash in on. He also received an additional $1 million from the arbitrator in the collusion settlement. That increased his total compensation for the 1987 season to $1.7 million. Still underpaid for his performance that season but not nearly as bad as many people remember.

    BASEBALL - Big Collusion Winners - Clark, Parrish, Dawson - NYTimes.com

    edited to add: Dawson went to arbitration for his 1988 contract. He asked for $1.95 million but lost the case as he was awarded $1,850,000 for the 1988 season. So his total compensation for that 1987 season of $1.7 million was spot on.
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2015
  10. cjericho

    cjericho Well-Known Member

    Kevin Brown Carl Pavano Yankees.
  11. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    At least Denny Neagle will always have the train whistle:

  12. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Kobe Bryant's last two contracts have been atrocious, basically given out of loyalty to a declining superstar who is still a bit too good to just let him walk away and too damn stubborn to retire. The contract has been too big to trade him for anything worthwhile, but it also hamstrings the Lakers because he's never on the court. Of course, since they're the Lakers, they'll end up signing LeBron, Durant and Westbrook at some point, weaseling their way into a No. 1 overall pick, and winning the 2017 NBA title anyway.
    Three years, $83.5 million from 2011-14. He played one full season and only six games in another.
    Then they re-signed him for two years at $24.25 million per. He played 35 games this season and has another one left before the contract expires.
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