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Each MLB Team's Best and Worst Contracts
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Show me the money.

Those were the famous words uttered by fictional Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Rod Tidwell in the 1996 movie classic Jerry Maguire.

Those words certainly ring true today in Major League Baseball.

MLB stars have indeed been shown the money—according to CBSSports.com, the average annual salary in 2012 is $3.44 million. In 1992 the average MLB salary topped $1 million for the first time, meaning a more than three-fold jump in 20 years.

For general managers throughout baseball, it's a real balancing act trying to determine a player's worth. Analyzing prior performance against future production is certainly a key factor in money offered to players, but even at that, it's a slippery slope.

We will take a look at each MLB team's current salary obligations and make determinations as to the best and worst contracts are for each team.

Contracts for rookies making the major league minimum will not be considered; only those who have been on rosters for at least three seasons.

In addition, injuries in some cases will factor in to the worst contracts. This is about money and the value that teams have gotten in return for that money.

Note: All salary figures shown are courtesy of Cot's Contracts.

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