Selecting the MLB All-Overpaid Team After 2 Months of Baseball
Contrary to popular perception, you don't always get what you pay for.
Just ask the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox about the likes of CC Sabathia and David Ortiz, who have been two of the least valuable players on a dollar-for-dollar basis in 2015.
Combing through the bigs, the southpaw starter and the veteran designated hitter are far from the only major earners who have been big-time disappointments. Simply put, the competition for spots on this squad was fierce.
The final result is a lineup stacked with former All-Stars who won't be anywhere near the Midsummer cCassic this time around.
Catcher: Kurt Suzuki, Minnesota Twins
The Paycheck: $6 million
There's only one reason why this spot doesn't go to Mike Zunino. The Seattle Mariners backstop, who's hitting .188, avoids making this infamous squad because he's only raking in $523,500, which is slightly more than the big league minimum wage.
With Zunino not making enough to be labeled the all-overpaid catcher, the nod instead goes to Kurt Suzuki. The Hawaiian, who has always been renowned for his glove work, has been a major liability with the bat in 2015. So far, the 31-year-old is sporting a .237 average and a .328 slugging percentage for the upstart Minnesota Twins.
1st Baseman: Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
The Paycheck: $14 million
Suffice it to say that Ryan Zimmerman has been scuffling at the plate.
The first baseman, who owns a .283 career average, has been swinging at a clip of .228 for the Washington Nationals. It's worth noting that the 30-year-old has been playing with a bum wheel. But for his part, Zimmerman certainly isn't using his case of plantar fasciitis as an excuse.
"You talk to anybody in this room, I’m sure they have something they could complain to you about," Zimmerman said, per Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.
While the foot problem has caused issues for Zimmerman with the bat, he's still managed to excel in the field, where he's made a seamless transition to first base.
2nd Baseman: Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
The Paycheck: $15 million
While Robinson Cano made a strong run for this spot, there's just no way to ignore Chase Utley's struggles.
The numbers have been staggeringly bad for the Philadelphia Phillies second baseman. The vet is tied for third-to-last in baseball with a .188 average, and his power has been nonexistent. In 13 seasons for the National League East squad, Utley has produced a .483 slugging percentage, but this year that figure has dropped by almost 200 points to .294.
Shortstop: Jimmy Rollins, Los Angeles Dodgers
The Paycheck: $11 million
Jimmy Rollins' first season at Chavez Ravine has not gone to plan.
The shortstop, whom the NL West leaders picked up in an offseason swap with the Philadelphia Phillies, has connected on five home runs, but he's hitting just .202 for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The early-season funk resulted in manager Don Mattingly dropping Rollins from second to eighth in the batting order. As Rollins explained, per Dylan Hernadez of the Los Angeles Times, it's difficult to disagree with the demotion: "I'm OK with it. It's nothing I hadn't thought of."
3rd Baseman: Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers
The Paycheck: $14 million
Aramis Ramirez, who will likely retire at the end of the campaign, looks like he's all out of gas.
After 40 games, the 18-year vet is batting .226, which is his lowest mark since 1999, when he appeared in 18 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates. One of the few bright sport for the Milwaukee Brewers third baseman is that he's still displayed decent pop, connecting on six-yard shots for the NL Central squad.
Left Field: Melky Cabrera, Chicago White Sox
The Paycheck: $13 million
Melky Cabrera has made a poor first impression on the South Side.
The Dominican, who inked a three-year, $42 million pact with the Chicago White Sox in the winter, has posted a .280 OBP and has collected just five extra-base hits in 199 at-bats. The switch-hitting Melk Man has also been a total bust when he bats right-handed. In 46 such trips to the plate, Cabrera is batting .087 with a .191 OPS.
Center Fielder: Drew Stubbs, Colorado Rockies
The Paycheck: $5.83 million
Drew Stubbs' stat line is so bad that it's difficult to believe.
In 24 games for the Colorado Rockies, the 30-year-old reeled off a .118 average. In the process, the right-handed hitter has swung and missed at an absurd rate. Stubbs has totaled 51 at-bats and punched out on 31 occasions.
The returns have been so poor for Stubbs in 2015 that the Rockies actually banished him to the minor leagues two weeks ago. Unfortunately for Colorado, the team can't get rid of his nearly $6 million salary, too.
Right Fielder: Matt Kemp, San Diego Padres
The Paycheck: $21.25 million
When the San Diego Padres acquired Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the offseason, the idea was that the 30-year-old outfielder would supply the club with some much-needed pop.
So far, Kemp hasn't been providing much power at all. In his first 52 games with the Pads, the right-handed hitter has tallied just one home run and is slugging .332. At his current pace, Kemp will finish the campaign with just three bombs, per ESPN.com.
Designated Hitter: David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
The Paycheck: $16 million
It's been a frustrating ride for David Ortiz to open up the 2015 season.
The nine-time All-Star hasn't been able to find his swing, as he's hitting .224 for a Boston Red Sox team which is languishing in the cellar in the AL East. The slugger has been useless when facing left-handed pitching. In 62 at-bats against lefties, Ortiz is batting .129 and doesn't have any home runs.
Starting Pitcher: CC Sabathia, New York Yankees
The Paycheck: $23 million
Raking in a cool $23 million, CC Sabathia isn't earning his keep in the Bronx.
The 34-year-old lefty checks in with a 2-7 record and a 5.67 ERA after his first 10 outings for the New York Yankees. As ugly as the campaign has been for the starter and his employer, the situation could get even worse in 2016 and beyond. Next season, Sabathia is slated to make $25 million. In 2017, he has a $25 million vesting option and a $5 million buyout.
Relief Pitcher: Steve Cishek, Miami Marlins
The Paycheck: $6.65 million
Steve Cishek has been making everyone he faces look like an All-Star in 2015.
So far, the opposition is battering the righty reliever to the tune of a .321 average. Having pitched just 19.1 innings, Cishek doesn't qualify for the league leaders. But if he did, that mark would be the third-worst among all pitchers.
Poor command has also been a major issue for the Marlins' former closer. Cishek is giving away 4.9 walks per nine innings this year compared to 2.9 last season.
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