Carlos Lee of the Houston Astros is currently in year five of a six-year deal worth $100 million that was signed in 2007. At the time, some believed that the trade would be fair value for Lee, who was coming off four straight years of 30 plus home runs and 99 plus RBI.
Pairing him with Berkman would give him even more RBI opportunities and playing the short left field in Minute Maid Park would be able to hide his defensive deficiencies in the outfield.
Well—as they always say—hindsight is 20/20 and Drayton McLane may reconsider offering the contract that he did. Lee right now is the 11th highest paid player in MLB and is having trouble contributing consistently in 2011.
He was struggling to get his average above .200 earlier this season and currently sits at .229, with three home runs and 20 RBI. Not exactly numbers you would expect from a player making $19 million.
Before 2004, the Astros were pretty fiscally responsible by not handing out ridiculous contracts but have swung and missed the past few years.
Here are five players who join Lee as receiving the worst contracts in Astros history.