Unfortunately for the Reds, Aaron Harang earned $12.5MM for his poor performance in 2010. I'm not trying to turn this into a Harang-bashing thread, but it got me wondering: which players hurt their teams the most in terms of on-field performance and finances?
Carlos Lee - His offense was slightly above average, but his defense was atrocious. Somehow, he managed to make $19MM off of that.
Kyle Lohse - He'd sprinkle a good start here and there, but game-in and game-out, you could count on a horrid start. How much did that cost the Cardinals? $9,187,500.
Jeremy Bonderman - Bonderman had a stretch of solid years while in his early 20s, but the wheels sure have fallen off this wagon. Like last year, he made $12.5MM to put up poor numbers in a pitcher-friendly ballpark. This is exactly why pitchers should consider signing longterm deals early in their careers.
Oliver Perez - For his career, Perez has one great season and two decent seasons. That may not sound bad, but when you consider that he has had five horrific seasons over that stretch of time, you really have to wonder how Scott Boras convinced someone to pay him $12MM this year (and last). A 0.88 SO:BB ratio just isn't going to cut it.
Chad Qualls - At $4,185,000, he didn't make as much money as a lot of the overpaid players in baseball, but when you consider just how bad he was, he cost his team nearly as much as anyone in baseball. It's not often you see a relief pitcher given so many chances to fail as the Diamondbacks did with Qualls.
Who else could be added to this list?
Here are some other guys: Josh Beckett, Pedro Feliz, Jason Marquis, Scott Kazmir, Nate Robertson, Akinori Iwamura, Jeff Suppan, Eric Chavez, Gil Meche, Eric Byrnes, Gary Matthews, A.J. Burnett, Aaron Rowand, Mike Lowell, Dontrelle Willis.