With the 2011 MLB season coming to an end, we shift our thoughts to the 2012 MLB free-agent class. Let’s face it, sports figures are highly overpaid, baseball players especially. If I were a general manager, I wouldn’t waste my money on these three guys.
David Ortiz made $12.5 million this past season while posting a .309 batting average, 29 home runs and 95 RBI. He still produced at a high level.
However, the 35 year old isn’t worth $13 million. Big Papi wants to remain in a Boston uniform for the rest of his career, so maybe the Red Sox can use that against him to bring his asking price down.
Aramis Ramirez made $14.6 million with the Chicago Cubs this season. Ramirez is now 33 years old and it was clear this past year that he was playing for the final contract of his career.
Ramirez made it seem like he is worth the money after batting .306, 26 home runs and 93 RBI. Of course, he is just one year removed from batting just .241, as he did in 2010.
His prime was from 2003-2008, during which he averaged .297, hit 185 home runs and drove in 632 runs. Maybe that Ramirez was worth $15 million, but this one isn't.
Carlos Pena, also a member of the Cubs, posted solid home run (28) and RBI numbers (80), but he isn’t worth $10 million.
The 33 year old’s biggest problem is his contact, or lack thereof sometimes—he either strikes out (161 strikeouts in 2011) or get an extra base hit (68). Pena batted just .225 in 2011, and that isn’t just a one-time thing.
He has been in the big leagues for 10 seasons and his career average is only .239. He hit .196 with Tampa Bay in 2010, and that earned him $10 million.
If the Cubs want to spend money on a first baseman, they should focus on Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols. Go big or go home.