Chart: The good, the bad and the looking bad
- Article by: DENNIS BRACKIN
- Star Tribune
- March 4, 2012 - 12:05 AM
GOOD CONTRACTSAlex Rodriguez, Rangers: Signed as a free agent in 2001 at age 25 for 10 years, 252 million
Deal was too expensive for Rangers, but Yankees got their money's worth after trading for him.
Derek Jeter, Yankees: Signed in 2001 at age 27 for 10 years, $189 million
At his prime was AL's best shortstop, as well as being a productive hitter and Yankees captain.
Manny Ramirez, Red Sox: Signed as a free agent in 2001 at age 29 for eight years, $160 million
The last couple of years have clouded memories, but Ramirez was one of the game's best hitters for years.
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: Signed an extension in 2008 at age 25 for eight years, $152.3 million
Has supplied power to the middle of the Tigers lineup and has played decent at first.
Albert Pujols, Cardinals: Signed an extension in 2004 at age 25 for seven years, $100 million
Cardinals can take comfort that they had the best years of Pujols' career.
Mike Hampton, Rockies: Signed as a free agent in 2001 at age 28 for eight years, $121 million
The lefty never won more than 14 games after the signing and only three times hit double digits.
Vernon Wells, Blue Jays: Signed an extension in 2007 at age 28 for seven years, $126 million
Had more than 100 RBI three times before signing, never reached 90 after.
Barry Zito, Giants: Signed as a free agent in 2007 at age 29 for seven years, $126 million
Arm problems have contributed to a 43-61 record for Giants since signing his big deal.
Ken Griffey Jr., Reds: Signed an extension in 2000 at age 30 for nine years, $116.5 million
Never approached stats he had with Seattle, and Reds were under .500 every year from 2001 to 2009.
Jayson Werth, Nationals: Signed as a free agent in 2011 at age 32 for seven years, $126M
Whoever thought he was worth the money? Had .232 BA and 58 RBI in first year of deal.
Joe Mauer, Twins: Signed an extension in 2010 at age 28 for eight years, $184 million
Injuries make it doubtful that he will have many more years at catcher, which is what Twins paid for.
Mark Teixeira, Yankees: Signed as a free agent in 2009 at age 29 for eight years, $180 million
Power numbers good, but batting average and OBP have dipped significantly since signing.
Carl Crawford, Red Sox: Signed as a free agent in 2011 at age 29 for seven years, $142 million
No power and .289 OBP in first season with Red Sox. Needs huge comeback to justify salary.
Johan Santana, Mets: Signed an extension in 2008 at age 29 for six years, $137.5 million
Missed all last season after having shoulder surgery and will turn 33 before the start of this season.
Ryan Howard, Phillies: Signed an extension in 2010 at age 32 for five years, $125 million
Age, weight and Achilles' tendon surgery at end of last season present major obstacles.
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