Top 3 Worst Free-Agent Signings in the History of Each MLB Franchise | Bleacher Report


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    There are varying levels of risk and reward with any free-agent signing, and even the best-laid plans can go off track for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s a player missing time to injury, a late-career decline in production or something else entirely, some contracts end up becoming busts.

    With that in mind, we set out to identify the three worst free-agent signings in the history of each MLB franchise.

    With so many contracts to consider, the first step was to narrow the field by setting some parameters for inclusion. Those were as follows:

  • No contract extensions: Contract extensions and players re-signing with the same team in free agency were not considered for inclusion. That means you will not see Chris Davis among the Baltimore Orioles’ worst signings since his albatross deal came with a team for which he already played.
  • No one-year deals: Signing someone to a one-year contract is a no-risk move, so ranking them alongside multiyear deals doesn’t seem fair.

To help provide some better context, alongside each player’s contract information is a multiplier to show how his salary stacked up to the league-average figure over the…

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