8 worst MLB offseason signing each year since 2010, including Chris Davis

Albert Pujols and Jacoby Ellsbury are among the recent free agent signings that haven’t fully panned out.


This offseason has seen players such as Patrick Corbin receive substantial new deals. The two players who are expected to receive the largest contracts, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, are still unsigned.

Free agent signings do not always go as well as the team expected when they make the deal, whether it’s due to injuries or erosion of skills.

Here is the worst contract handed out to a free agent each offseason since 2010. The last offseason is not included as it’s not fair to judge after just one year although Yu Darvish and Eric Hosmer surely didn’t produce at the level their contracts would suggest.

The year listed is the first season they played under the new contract and not necessarily the year they officially signed the deal. All stats listed come from Baseball Reference.


2017 - Ian Desmond, Rockies 5 years, $70 million

Dexter Fowler and Yoenis Cespedes were two other options, but Desmond has amassed a -1.7 WAR in his two seasons with Colorado. He owns just a .718 OPS as a member of the Rockies despite playing his home games at Coors Field.


2016 - Chris Davis, Orioles 7 years, $161 million

Last season, the 32-year-old Davis had one of the worst seasons of anyone's lifetime. In 522 plate appearances, he batted an atrocious .168. According to CBS Sports, it was the lowest batting average for someone who qualified for the batting title in league history. A former two-time league leader in home runs, he belted just 16 last season. Davis has hit just .202 since signing his mega-deal.


2015 - Pablo Sandoval, Red Sox 5 years, $95 million

Sandoval lasted less than three seasons with the Red Sox before they decided to cut ties with him. His most memorable moment in Boston is his belt buckle breaking after a swing. He accumulated just 620 plate appearances and a subpar .648 OPS in his Red Sox tenure.


2014 - Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees 7 years, $153 million

Ellsbury has been far from the hitter that he was during his 2011 AL MVP runner-up season with the Red Sox. He missed all of last season and has just a .716 OPS in his 2,171 plate appearances with New York.


2013 - Josh Hamilton, Angels 5 years, $125 million

Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP, was coming fresh off a season in which he hit 43 homers and drove in 128 runs when he signed with the Angels. He hit only 31 home runs in two years with the team before he was traded back to the Rangers.


2012 - Albert Pujols, Angels 10 years, $240 million

Pujols had won three NL MVP awards and was runner-up four times in his 11 years with the Cardinals before joining the Angels. In seven seasons with the Angels, he has a .315 on-base percentage and .453 slugging percentage. Those numbers were .420 and .617 respectively with St. Louis.


2011 - Carl Crawford, Red Sox 7 years, $142 million

Injuries began to take a toll on Crawford, and he played just two years for Boston before being shipped to the Dodgers. His Red Sox career consists of a .260 average and a paltry .292 on-base percentage.


2010 - Jason Bay, Mets 4 years, $66 million

Ask any Mets fan about Bay and not a positive thing about him would be said. He played three years with the team before being released. In a Mets uniform, he hit just 26 home runs after he hit 181 in the six years before.

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