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Tony's Top 5 worst pitching contracts in baseball

Posted by Tony Massarotti, Globe Staff  December 15, 2008 05:19 PM

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Tony's Top 5

Worst pitching contracts in baseball

5
A.J. Burnett, five years, $82.5 million. First of all, he has an obvious injury history. Second, he was 69-66 entering this year, which just happened to be a contract season. By the time this one is up, we're willing to bet the Yankees will have their Matt Clement.
4
Kei Igawa, five years, $46 million*. Technically, this is just a five-year, $20 million contract. In reality, with a $26 million posting fee, the Yankees paid $46 million for a man who has been a complete bust. The Yankees should have just taken the cash and burned it.
3
Carlos Silva, four years, $48 million. We knew this was a bad deal at the time, but somehow, the contract actually has worsened over time. Silva still has three years left after going 4-15 with a 6.46 ERA. Without the contract, he'd have been released.
2
Jason Schmidt, three years, $47 million. With one year remaining on this contract, Schmidt is 1-4 with a 6.31 ERA in 25 2/3 innings during his career with the Dodgers. Deals like this one are why people get fired. Like the Yankees, the Dodgers should have toasted the money.
1
Barry Zito, seven years, $126 million. The king of all bad contracts. Through the first two years of this deal, Zito has the 10th highest ERA in baseball among all qualifying pitchers. Good thing that Tim Lincecum is making relatively short money, eh?

Tony's Top 5

Favorite blog entries

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The final chapter on Teixeira and How Red Sox pitchers work the strike zone Jan. 7, 2009 and July 17, 2009. Some actual reporting – an obsession with Mark Teixeira and the art of pitching.
4
For 2011 Red Sox, there was plenty of blame to go around Oct. 1, 2011. The disgraceful collapse of the Red Sox stoked the fire in all of us.
3
Behind Garnett and James, Celtics and Heat are digging in June 4, 2012. Improbably, the Celtics pushed the Heat to the limit.
2
Thrill is back for Patriots Jan. 30, 2012. Another Super Bowl has even Bill Belichick musing.
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You’ve got to believe June 15, 2011. On the morning of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, we all had reason to believe.
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Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".

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