One thing that's nearly as certain as the sun rising in the east each morning is that major league teams will spend more and more on free agents each winter. In what was considered a weak free agent class, baseball has seen two players join the nine-figure club in the past two months to go along with 12 others who have snagged deals for at least $10 million per year.
While it's a sure thing that front offices will pony up, especially in a climate where revenue sharing has granted more teams the opportunity to, it's not quite so certain that they'll do it intelligently. Since the early days of free agency, misses have been more common than hits. Famous flops from Ed Whitson to Mo Vaughn to Mike Hampton serve as cautionary tales that are seldom heeded.
The following are the worst of the worst in the past 10 years. The players on this list aren't just those who have busted after getting big deals. Anyone can sign a player and watch them unexpectedly decline or spend an eternity on the DL, Carl Pavano style.These are signings based on poor conceptions and flawed logic.