Baseball players get paid a lot of money. And with each passing year, new contracts seemingly become more and more excessive.
But while teams could make a case for breaking the bank on players like Robinson Cano, for instance, there have been some real head-scratchers in the offseason thus far.
Perhaps the most “wow” moment was when the St. Louis Cardinals inked Jhonny Peralta to a four-year, $53 million contract. Even though Peralta enjoyed a stellar campaign in 2013, posting a .303 batting average, park-adjusted 119 OPS+ and 11 home runs, he was also suspended for using illegal drugs and has a history of inconsistent production.
There is no doubt that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it's possible some general managers are inflating the market with questionable signings.
Read on to see the five signs baseball contracts are spiraling out of control.