Vernon Wells' contract is so bad (how bad is it?) that it has now cost two general managers their jobs. J.P. Ricciardi, who signed Wells to a seven-year, $126-million extension for the Toronto Blue Jays in December 2006, lost his job in October 2009.
Then, after Los Angeles Angels general manager Tony Reagins traded for Wells in January 2011, the deal cost the club the division title, and Reagins resigned at season's end.
Big free-agent expenditures sometimes pay big dividends. The 2009 New York Yankees are an excellent example. In other cases, though, those deals blow up in a big way.
Every GM who commits big money to a free agent takes his professional life into his hands. Ranked by severity, here are the biggest albatrosses on every big-league roster.