The 9 Worst MLB Contracts of the 2010s

tim-kelly
November 22, 2019 - 11:33 am
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In November of 2014, the normally low-budget Miami Marlins inked 25-year-old slugger Giancarlo Stanton to what was a record extension at the time, guaranteeing him $325 million over 13 seasons with a full no-trade clause. Stanton, now a New York Yankee, can opt out of the final seven seasons of his contract after the 2020 season, though it appears overwhelmingly unlikely he'll do that.

It would be incorrect to say that the first five seasons of Stanton's deal have been a disaster - far from it really. He's hit 154 home runs since the start of the 2015 season, including 59 in 2017, when he won the National League MVP. In 2018, his first season in New York, Stanton hit 38 home runs, drove in 100 runs and posted a 4.3 fWAR.

That said, injuries limited Stanton to just 18 regular season games in 2019. His contract - at least if the Yankees were intent on staying under the luxury tax threshold - certainly played into the team's decision not to seriously pursue Bryce Harper or Manny Machado prior to the 2019 season. And if he declines in the second half of his deal, it will be fair to question whether the pay-off in the front-half of the deal was worth what may be some very lean years at the deal's conclusion.

While there are legitimate concerns about how the remaining eight years of Stanton's deal will play out, it didn't crack the worst deals of the decade. Frankly, it wasn't even among the deals like Pablo Sandoval that just missed out on the the list. Here are the nine worst MLB contracts of the 2010s: