5 MLB Players Who Already Regret Signing with Their New Teams
It may be just a few weeks into the 2013 MLB year, but the honeymoon period is already over for several players who signed with new teams this offseason.
They got their payday, but now they are facing the harsh reality that the grass may not really have been greener on the other side.
Though both parties—the player and their old team—may have been looking to move on, business hasn't been the same for these players in their new uniforms.
Whether they are off to a slow start individually, their team is struggling early on or things simply aren’t going as planned, these are five players who are already regretting signing with new teams.
All statistics via ESPN.
Cabrera left the World Series champion San Francisco Giants and signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays this offseason. The move wasn’t the only significant one for baseball’s only Canadian franchise. The team also added defending NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey and slick shortstop Jose Reyes amongst others via trade.
It wasn't a stretch to say the Jays had all the ingredients to capture their first division title since 1993.
Cabrera was also looking to rebound himself. The outfielder was leading the NL in hits last year when he was suspended 50 games on August 15 for testing positive for testosterone.
But instead of a dream season, Toronto sits in last in the AL East with a 9-14 record.
As for Cabrera, he’s batting just .253 with no home runs and six RBI—not the fresh start he was looking for north of the border.
After a disappointing 2012 campaign where they finished 89-73 and out of the playoffs, signing Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson the previous offseason didn’t seem to be enough for owner Arte Moreno, so he decided to ink outfielder Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million contract.
Hamilton was leaving the green pastures of the Texas Rangers, where the team had made the playoffs the previous three seasons and the World Series two of those years.
Unfortunately for the Angels and Hamilton, not much seems to have changed. While the Rangers are tied for the best record in the American League with a 15-7 mark, the Halos are playing sub-.500 ball, posting an 8-13 record.
Meanwhile, Hamilton is batting just .226 with two home runs and eight RBI. In contrast, Hamilton batted .285 with 41 home runs and 128 RBI with the Rangers last year.
It may be a long season, but his Texas days are looking pretty rosy for Hamilton.
Greinke is easily the strangest case on this list. The former AL Cy Young winner moved across town in the offseason when the blockbuster Los Angeles Dodgers signed him away from the Angels.
Greinke’s six-year, $147 million contract is the largest for a right-hander ever.
Unfortunately for Greinke, he won’t be the tool the Dodgers need for a while. The hurler suffered a broken left collarbone on April 11 after engaging in a bench-clearing brawl with the San Diego Padres. The team announced the next day Greinke would be out for eight weeks after undergoing surgery.
Greinke's fairytale plot with the Dodgers has quickly turned into a horror story. However, it remains to be seen how the rest of the story goes.
It is never easy leaving the high-budget New York Yankees, but Swisher seemed to get a good deal when he signed for four years and $56 million with the Cleveland Indians.
Unfortunately for Swish and the Tribe, the team sits in last in the AL Central with an 8-11 record.
It was never a sure thing that the Yankees would pursue re-signing Swisher, but playing for the Indians is a cold dose of reality, even if he seems to be earning his contract.
Swisher hasn’t played poorly—he’s batting .275 with two home runs and eight RBI—but instead of pursuing a World Series title in New York, he’s trying to avoid a last-place finish in the division.
The righty left after just a year with the Washington Nationals and signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the Chicago Cubs this offseason. The pay may be good, but things haven’t gone well for Jackson in the Friendly Confines this season—or the Cubs, for that matter.
Chicago currently sits at 7-14—last in the NL Central—and only lowly San Diego and Miami have worse winning percentages in the National League.
Meanwhile, Jackson hasn’t exactly performed up to his billing. The right-hander has yet to win a game in five starts and has an ugly 4.76 ERA, hardly the sort of production the Cubs were hoping for when they signed him.
While Jackson wasn’t exactly an ace for the Nationals, compiling a 10-11 record with a 4.03 ERA, he also benefited from playing for the best team in the NL. He may have gotten his payday, but now he’s toiling for a cellar dweller.