New York Mets: Oliver Perez and the 12 Worst Contracts in Team History

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New York Mets: Oliver Perez and the 12 Worst Contracts in Team History
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Bad contracts are like bad haircuts—they're embarrassing, annoying and don't go away fast enough.

The Mets, like all teams, have certainly had their share of bad haircuts.

Checking out the history of bad deals the Mets have given out over the years and you come up with a wide range of names. Some guys were big-name players who just never lived up to their contract, while others were no-namers who collected a pay check and disappeared like a thief in the night.

But what makes a contract "bad?" Is it simply the level of production measured by the amount of the contract?

Does $100 million entitle the team to 40 home runs each season?

What about injuries? Nobody has a crystal ball when drawing up these deals, and like all things, there's always going to be some level of risk.

With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the worst contracts the Mets have ever had the misfortune of handing out.

Keep in mind, hindsight is 20/20, so if you disagree, feel free to let me know.

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