Yesterday, we discussed the best winter deals. Now, it's time to focus on the bone-headed moves.
Christina Kahrl of Baseball Prospectus, the panelist I was most impressed with at the MIT Analytics Conference, wrote about this a few days back. Luckily, we disagree on many of the "worst" contracts.
Worst One-Year Contract
Kahrl: Trevor Hoffman, $6m, Milwaukee Brewers
Banter: Jon Garland, $7.25m, Arizona Diamondbacks - Garland is known as an "innings eater." Is that a good thing in this case? His career ERA is 4.47, his career WHIP is 1.38, and he doesn't strike anyone out (4.7 K/9). For a team that pinched pennies this winter, this deal makes no sense.
Honorable Mention: Manny Ramirez, $25m, LA Dodgers - By giving Manny a player option for 2010, what motivation does he have to produce?
Worst Two-Year Contract
Kahrl: Willy Taveras, $6.25m, Cincinnati Reds
Banter: Edgar Renteria, $18.5m, San Francisco Giants - This should not even be a debate. The Renteria deal is inexcusable.
Honorable Mention: Kyle Farnsworth, $9.25m, Kansas City Royals - Um? Huh? Farnsworth used to be known as a hard thrower. Now, he's known as a guy with an arrow-straight fastball who surrenders losts of homeruns. Another team that pinched pennies in the wrong places this winter.
Worst Three-Year Contract
Kahrl: Raul Ibanez, $30m, Philadelphia Phillies
Banter: Casey Blake, $17.5m, LA Dodgers - Another head-scratcher in Hollwood, Blake has very similar stats to Jeffrey Hammonds. Enough said.
Honorable Mention: Juan Rivera, $12m, LA Angels - Three years for a guy that has never been an impact player makes no sense. This $12m could have been sent elsewhere.
Worst Offseason Contract
Kahrl: A.J. Burnett, 5-years/$82.5m, New York Yankees
Banter: C.C. Sabathia, 7-years, $181m, New York Yankees - Have fun with a 350lb. Sabathia in the middle of July for the next seven years.