In the wonderful world of Major League Baseball, earning the title "sure bet" is both a blessing and a curse.
The term itself holds a polarizing duality, making it one that is easier to define when failure ensues rather than success—the power hitting acquisition, fresh off of his third straight 40-HR season, who manages only 10 homers with his new team.
"Well, he sure seemed like a sure bet."
But for the player who is labeled as such, it means that the only thing stacked higher than his contract's dollars are his team's expectations.
In many instances, it's the size of the contract that seemingly sets the player up for failure—months before he even dawns the duds of his new team.
But who can blame a ballplayer (or anyone for that matter) for taking the largest possible contract offer available?
I certainly can't.
But what I can do is break down 10 free-agent signings that were dubbed a "sure bet" the moment the contract was signed—featuring a few that became a bona fide bust before the ink had even dried.