Many of us Braves fans feel as though our team is the only team stuck with seemingly dead-end contracts. Holy guacamole, that is not the case at all. While Matt Kemp‘s $42.5 million and Nick Markakis‘s $11 million seem detrimental to our team, there are teams out there that have it much worse. I started this little project for myself as I thought it’s a valuable exercise when trying to find potential matches in trades for Braves’ current bad contracts. However, it felt selfish to hold this info to myself, therefore you guys and gals can benefit from my hours of research that I unselfishly and without wanting anything in return (except for some random Braves merchandise and/or cold hard cash) could utilize.
But there are rules here. For example, Nick Markakis did not make my list of Braves’ bad contracts. Sure, he’s not likely to be worth the $11 million he’s owed in 2018, but 1-year at $11 million when there’s a chance he could be worth near his contract is hardly a caveat. However, there are 1-year guys that did make the list, so here’s my rule:
Players with 1 year left on their contract that have experienced multiple years of under-performance with a contract exceeding 15 million.
You’ll also notice that on this list are players that very well could work their way off of the list come next year, and here’s where we get to Rule 2.
Players with recent poor performance and outlandish contracts will be deemed poor until data alters.
Last and most obvious rule:
Players who have royally sucked and are owed a lot of money.
Fair warning, this is not filled with trade proposals or ideas on how to dump Kemp or Kakes, rather it’s merely a list of contracts that are as unattractive as Josh Brown’s fu manchu.
AL CentralChicago White Sox: James Shields– 1/21MM + ’18 option (2MM buyout)
Cleveland Indians: None
Detroit Tigers: Jordan Zimmermann– 3/74MM
Minnesota Twins: Phil Hughes– 2/26.4MM
New York Yankees: Jacoby Ellsbury– 3/63.5MM ’21 option (.5MM buyout)
Tampa Bay Rays: None
Toronto Blue Jays: Troy Tulowitzki– 3/54MM with ’21 option (4MM buyout)
AL WestHouston Astros: None
Los Angeles Angels: Albert Pujols– 4/114MM
Oakland Athletics: None
Seattle Mariners: Felix Hernandez– 2/54.5MM
Texas Rangers: Shin-Soo Choo– 3/62MM
Chicago Cubs: Jason Heyward– 6/134.2MM
Cincinnati Reds: Homer Bailey– 2/44MM (’20 option with .5MM buyout)
Milwaukee Brewers: Ryan Braun– 3/56MM (’21 option with .4MM buyout)
Pittsburgh Pirates: None
St. Louis Cardinals: None
NL EastAtlanta Braves: Matt Kemp- 2/42.5MM
Miami Marlins: 1. Wei-Yin Chen– 2/30MM (’20 vesting option of 22MM)
Philadelphia Phillies: None
Washington Nationals: None
Arizona Diamondbacks: Yasmany Tomas– 3/46MM
Colorado Rockies: Ian Desmond– 4/60MM (’22 option with 2MM buyout)
Los Angeles Dodgers: Adrian Gonzalez– 1/22.35MM
San Diego Padres: Wil Myers: 5/77.5MM (’23 option with 1MM buyout)
Please let me know in the comments section whether you think I’ve missed any players. Also, if you’ve got any good trade proposals regarding these players, we can discuss that too! Thanks for reading!