By: Noah Wright
We all know those bad contracts that start out bad from the start such as Albert Pujols, and Chris Davis. However there are some that don’t look bad when they’re signed, but then go to hold future repercussions. Usually these kind of players are very good, and deserve a big contract. It seems like when these contracts were signed, The GM’s were only focusing on the now, and not the later. Let’s examine some of these contracts, and how it’ll negatively affect the team’s future if they’re not moved.
Stanton’s contract is massive. It’s a 13 year, $325 million behemoth extension he signed after his 2014 season that easily passes Alex Rodriguez’s FA contract. But he’s easily not worth the contract. Stanton doesn’t carry the tools of a player getting paid nearly $30. He’s a bonafide power hitter sure. He hit 38 home runs this year, hit 59 last year, and hit 37 the year of his contract extension. Stanton may be a decent fielder, but he’s not someone who’s going to win consecutive Gold Gloves, or track down balls in the gap since he’s not some speed demon either. His arm is his best outfield asset, but it’s not the caliber of someone like Yoenis Cespedes. Eventually, he’ll probably see time at first base, making him a 1B/DH type of player, who produces a .270/.350/.500-ish line and average about 140 wRC+ and has injury history. Decent, but not $30 million decent for a 1B/DH. But this is where the contract has future consequences. The Yankees will want to explore an extensions with Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Aaron Hicks and maybe even Gary Sanchez if he bounces back. This could even impact The Yankees this season. He will be paid $26 million in 2019, and with the luxury tax line, they may not be able to throw fistfulls of money at guys like Bryce harper and Manny Machado.
David Price could be considered a player that is no longer good, but he’s still solid and turn things around later in his contract. Price pitched to a 3.58 ERA, 4.02 FIP, and 1.142 WHIP. Plus he did pretty well against lefties and righties. However he’s currently being paid $30 to $32 million every year of his contract up until 2022. Even if he reverts back to the all-star, Cy Young candidate he was a few years ago, this contract will hurt this team in the long run. Like The Yankees, The Red Sox have a handful of young and talented players that they may look into extensions for. This is the case for Mookie Betts, and Andrew Benintendi. Price’s contract
Unlike David Price, Zack has been pretty good since coming over to Arizona. Except for a down 2016 year, Greinke has still been producing ace like numbers. Between 2017 and 2018, Greinke has given The D-Backs a 3.20 ERA, 3.51 FIP, and 1.076 WHIP. He’s also limited walks to just 1.9, and has struck out 9.1 batters per 9 during the same time period. However he is getting paid $34.5 million in 2019, and $35 million for 2020 and 2021 at his age 35, 36, and 37 seasons. Sure he may still be pitching well, but the contract has been a bit of a drag in the payroll. He’s one of the main reasons The Diamondbacks can’t spend big right now, and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in the last year of his contract, with lefty starter Patrick Corbin and outfielder A.J. Pollock already free agents and likely to leave in free agency. The effects of this contract are already being felt, but at least Greinke is still pitching good, for now.