MLB Player Contracts That Almost Toppled Franchise Budgets

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1. Jason Bay, New York Mets: Described as an “unhappy alliance” by ESPN’s Wallace Matthews.

2. Chan Ho Park, Texas Rangers: Chan Ho Park is now retired, but Rangers fans haven’t forgotten the disastrous contract he received back in 2002.

3. Kevin Brown, Los Angeles Dodger: Though this contract did last its full term, Bleacher Report listed it as one.

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4. Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers: Prince Fielder’s contract with Tigers is almost jaw-dropping today as it was in 2011. 

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5. John Lackey, Boston Red Sox: The contract between John Lackey and the Red Sox lasted from 2010 until 2014. 

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6. Alfonso Soriono, Chicago Cubs: The Chicago Cubs’ contract with Alfonso Soriano was set for $136 million over eight years. 

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7. Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies: Yes, you read that right. The contract between the Phillies and Ryan Howard was supposed to pay out $125.

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8. Barry Zito, San Francisco Giants: Bleacher Report described Barry Zito’s contract with the San Francisco.

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9. A.J. Burnett, New York Yankees: Opinions remain split as to whether A.J. Burnett’s contract with the Yankees.

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10. Kyle Lohse, St. Louis Cardinals: The Kyle Lohse contract with the Cardinals lasted four years and paid out $41 million.

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11. Gil Meche, Kansas City Royals: When Gil Meche signed his legendary contract with the Royals.

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12. Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs: Carlos Zambrano and the Chicago Cubs had a long history together.

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13. Carl Crawford, Boston Red Sox: Carl Crawford’s contract with the Red Sox has often been described as one of the most disastrous in MLB history. 

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