At some point in every Major League Baseball team’s history, a player is signed to a massive contract and fails to deliver the excitement fans were hoping for. Sometimes, these high-risk deals are signed after one incredible season. Other times, they come just as the player is leaving their prime. You know the names: Josh Hamilton, Pablo Sandoval, Chris Davis, etc. But do you remember just how money was shelled out by GMs to sign them? These are the worst MLB contracts of all-time.
Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles – $161 Million Over Seven Years
Chris Davis found a home in Baltimore in 2013 when he hit 53 home runs and knocked in 138 runs. Two years later he put similar numbers, so the Orioles inked him to a seven-year, $161 million deal. Since then, he’s only hit over .200 twice and hasn’t driven in more than 84 runs.
If Baltimore had taken Davis’ age and strikeout rate into account, they could have seen this decline coming. Instead, the team saw a face of the franchise who led them to the playoffs year after year. In 2017 they missed the playoffs.