MLB Free Agency 2012: Zack Greinke and 10 Players Who'll Now Be Grossly Overpaid

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MLB Free Agency 2012: Zack Greinke and 10 Players Who'll Now Be Grossly Overpaid
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It was the Los Angeles Dodgers, not the New York Yankees, who handed out baseball's first $100 million contract in 1998.

Kevin Brown, who would eventually pitch for both teams, was signed to a deal that paid him $105 million over seven years—an average of $15 million per season.

In retrospect, it's hard to say that Brown earned his money for five of those seven years; the last two, spent in New York, were unmitigated disasters.

Since then, it happens every year. An owner decides that his team absolutely must have a certain player, price be damned. Case in point—the signings of Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols this past winter. Both are great players, but neither is worth in excess of $200 million.

That being said, I'd never begrudge a player for earning as much as he possibly can. If we were in their shoes, we'd do the exact same thing.

This coming winter will be no different—teams are going to throw money at free agents like it's going out of style.

Let's take a look at who is in line to get paid.

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