Owners in Major League Baseball paid out a total over $1 billion in salaries for the 2012 season.
Just looking at that statistic alone makes me dizzy.
The average player made about $3.44 million as of Opening Day 2012, with the range being anywhere from the major league minimum of $480,000 all the way up to $29 million.
Obviously, the players who are being paid above scale are being asked to perform to a level that matches their pay grade. Any owner dishing out millions is going to expect a reasonable return for their investment.
We are going to take a look at some hitters in the 2012 season whose performance just didn't match up to the money paid to them.