Joe Posnaski writes about some of the worst contracts in baseball, and names J.P. Ricciardi as being the idiot behind the majority of them. He’s spot on about Ricciardi, but I can’t imagine how he manages to avoid going after Sabean.
Well, to be fair, it’s clear he’s focusing on existing contracts, and he’s really focusing on the behemoths, the 6, 7 and 8 year deals that completely destroy a team:
1. To qualify, the contract has to still be going for at least one more year … and it has to be for more than $10 million per year on the remainder. So, that would rule out, say, the bizarrely awful Vicente Padilla contract because he’s coming off the books after this season.
So, while he does hit upon the Aaron Rowand deal, and the Zito atrocity; he amazingly ignores, for instance, the Randy Winn fiasco, the Edgar Renteria embarrassment, the Dave Roberts joke, the Neifi Perez amuse’ bouche ($6 million dollars for a .232/.276/.295 .571 OPS performance), the multiple JT Snow albatrosses, the Edgardo Alfonzo immediate failure…. I mean, I could go on for a long, long time. In fact, let me try….
How about the absurd contract we threw at Ray Durham, after he had a two month stretch of actually being a complete player in 2006? (.898 OPS in ’06, .638 OPS in ’07) How about the $18 million dollar extension he gave to Reuter about ten minutes before his arm fell off? How about Mike –Saves 100 runs a year– Matheny?
Ricciardi has been awesomely bad, throwing away huge, HUGE amounts of money at league average mediocrities. He’s like Adam Dunn, home runs and walks and that’s about it. Sabean has been more of a complete player. He’s more like Mark Texeira. He hits for average, hits for power, walks a bunch, plays good defense. He’s a much better candidate for the worst GM in baseball, and we haven’t even begun to talk about trades.
I can hardly keep track of all these horrors anymore. Have I forgotten any contracts that are worth writing about?