MLB Free Agency: Ranking the Worst Free-Agent Contracts Ever

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MLB Free Agency: Ranking the Worst Free-Agent Contracts Ever
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MLB free agency is a funny paradox: It is often viewed as a team's savior, but it's usually more of an iceberg.

Your franchise can't win the World Series in the winter.  But they can lose it for five years to come with an albatross contract.

Carl Pavano, Wayne Garland, Alex Rodriguez, Alfonso Soriano, Manny Ramirez, Mike Hampton...the list of Major League Baseball players signed to monstrous free-agency contracts is nearly endless.  It's part of the way baseball is set up: Teams control players through six seasons of rookie ball and arbitration, which means most players get one chance for a big payday in their careers.  If they are stars, a new team will usually oblige them, and the consequences are usually disastrous.

So let's take a look at the MLB free agency's worst contracts ever!

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