CC Sabathia and the Most Overblown Contract Sagas in MLB History

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CC Sabathia and the Most Overblown Contract Sagas in MLB History
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As we settle into the offseason once again, we take a look at some of the big-name free agents available. All-Stars such as shortstop Jose Reyes, starting pitcher C.J. Wilson and first basemen Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols are among this year's biggest free-agent names, and all will receive high eight-figure to even high nine-figure contracts with whomever they sign.

Pujols, one of the best available free agents of all time, will undoubtedly receive at least $150, if not $200 million with whatever team he signs with. Dating back to spring training of this past season, the Pujols contract saga has persisted all season long, but the fun is just beginning.

It's entertaining to think back on players who signed big contracts, but recalling the drama and hype that had surrounded them is an even more interesting topic. Almost every free-agent class has that one player whom the media can't take their eyes off. This year, it's Pujols. But what about in years past?

Three years ago (and even this year, to an extent), it was ace starting pitcher CC Sabathia, who received the biggest contract for a starting pitcher ever when he signed a seven-year, $161 million deal with none other than the New York Yankees. With an opt-out clause available after his third season (this year), Sabathia was dangerously close to re-entering the free-agent market, but the Yankees extended him another season at the 11th hour before he was able to be signed by any team.

Sabathia is just one example of an overblown contract saga. In this slideshow, you'll get to reminisce many of the free-agent deals that enveloped the baseball world, and how they have turned out since. Please note that these choices will be in no particular order.

Let's get to it.

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