MLB All-Overpaid Team: Who Makes the Pre-Spring Training 2011 Team?

Brandon Galvin@bgny3Featured ColumnistJanuary 31, 2011

MLB All-Overpaid Team: Who Makes The Pre-Spring Training 2011 Team?

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    NEW YORK - AUGUST 14:  Francisco Rodriguez #75 of the New York Mets looks on after pitching in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 14, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Phi
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    As Spring Training draws near, it’s time to look at which players are going to be overpaid in 2011 based on their previous performances.

    How many Yankees and Mets players are on the list? Do Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and A.J. Burnett make the list?

    What about Boston’s Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jonathan Papelbon?

    Oddly enough, none of them are on the list. So if it’s not these veterans, then who could have possibly made the list heading into 2011?

Catcher: Jorge Posada, $13.1 Million

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 20:  Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees gestures towards the dugout against the Texas Rangers in Game Five of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 20, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Pho
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    As much as I like Posada, I can’t even justify the contract anymore. He’s not even guaranteed to play catcher because he just can’t stay healthy. He’s an average defender now as his range of mobility has been limited from wear and tear. I still want his bat, but he’s an overpaid catcher now for the Yankees.

First Base: Todd Helton, Colorado Rockies, $19.1 Million

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 09:  Todd Helton #17 of the Colorado Rockies looks on prior to the start of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 9, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    I understand it’s the waning part of the contract finally, but this is what the man will be paid in 2011. Helton can barely stay active. His time in the sun came and went when the Rockies went to the World Series and lost to the Red Sox. The Rockies will be better off once Helton’s contract runs up or he retires.

    Whichever comes first, it can’t come soon enough. He played in 118 games in 2010, hitting .256 with eight HR and 37 RBI.

Second Base: Brian Roberts, Baltimore Orioles, $10 Million

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    SARASOTA, FL - FEBRUARY 27:  Brian Roberts #1 of the Baltimore Orioles poses for a photo during Spring Training Media Photo Day at Ed Smith Stadium  on February 27, 2010 in Sarasota, Florida.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    Roberts has trouble staying healthy, playing in just 59 games in 2010 and totaling just four HR, 15 RBI, 28 runs and 12 stolen bases. Baltimore would be better off trying to trade Roberts and moving forward in my opinion, because I’m not a believer he’s going to bounce back and stay healthy.

Shortstop: J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles, $5.85 Million

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 28:  J.J. Hardy #27 of the Minnesota Twins is tagged out by Yuniesky Betancourt #3 of the Kansas City Royals in a rundown during the game on July 28, 2010 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty I
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    Orioles trade for Hardy, for no good reason, and then are forced to pay him due to arbitration. I thought what manager Buck Showalter did last season was remarkable. But see Baltimore, this is why you don’t progress in the majors.

Third Base: Aramis Ramirez, Chicago Cubs, $14.6 Million

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    PHOENIX - JULY 05:  Aramis Ramirez #16 of the Chicago Cubs sits in the dugout during the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 5, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    Oh how the mighty have fallen. Aramis used to be one of the top third basemen in the Majors. Now, he’s on the all-overpaid team. Again.

    Is it just me, or did it seem like Aramis had a nagging injury for the most part of the past two years? Yeah, he bounced back to hit 25 HR in 2010, but he only hit .241, his worst average since 2002. At this point, I’d rather cut my losses with Aramis if I were a Cubs fan.

Left Field: Carlos Lee, Houston Astros, $18.5 Million

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    NEW YORK - AUGUST 28:  Carlos Lee #45 of the Houston Astros runs the bases after his fifth inning two run home run against the New York Mets on August 28, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by J
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    Granted, I’ve never been a fan of Carlos Lee’s, but come on, $18.5 million? Not even Houston wants him around anymore. They’d prefer him to be beat out of the starting job! If that doesn’t say overpaid, I don’t know what does anymore.

Center Field: Aaron Rowand, San Francisco Giants, $12 Million

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 19:  Aaron Rowand #33 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after he strikes out in the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Three of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at AT&T Park on October 19, 2010 in San Fran
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    Rowand won a World Series in 2010. Good for him that he was able to ride the coat tails of his teammates. Rowand continues to underachieve time and time again in San Francisco. In 105 games, he hit .230 with 11 HR, 34 RBI, 42 runs and five stolen bases.

Right Field: Magglio Ordonez, Detroit Tigers, $10 Million

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 30: Magglio Ordonez #30 of the Detroit Tigers in the dugout in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins during their game on June 30, 2010 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Twins won 5-1. (Photo by Hannah Foslien /Gett
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    Magglio is a big reason the Tigers have trouble breaking through again. He’s constantly struggling and last year played in just 84 games. He hit 12 HR with 59 RBI, although he did hit .303. My issue with Magglio is that throughout his career, he has been very streaky. Not the type of player I want to pay.

DH: Travis Hafner, Cleveland Indians, $13 Million

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 13:  Travis Hafner #48 of the Cleveland Indians walks back to the dugout after striking out during the game against the Kansas City Royals on May 13, 2010 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Im
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    For someone who really only needs to focus on hitting, Hafner does an extremely poor job of it.

    In 118 games in 2010, he hit just 16 HR with a .278 average, 50 RBI and 46 runs. At least you get just over one home run per $1 million, Cleveland.

Starting Pitcher: Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs, $17.85 Million

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 25: Starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano #38 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after giving up a three-run home run in the 1st inning to Carlos Quentin of the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on June 25, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.  Zambrano wa
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    Zambrano does far more harm than good for the Cubs. I’d much rather pay to see Zambrano in an MMA bout than pitching… Unless of course the MMA bout resulted from Zambrano pitching, which isn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility.

    Zambrano is an immature hot head who just might rather make trouble amongst his own team than the opposing one. This takes away from the respectable 11-6 record he had in 2010, although it’s only respectable for him since he makes almost $18 million in 2011.

Relief Pitcher: Joaquin Benoit, Detroit Tigers, Three Years, $16.5 Million

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    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Joaquin Benoit #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a photo during Spring Training Media Photo Day at Charlotte County Sports Park on February 26, 2010 in Port Charlotte, Florida.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    Sometimes, you just have to scratch your head when teams do certain things. Is Benoit terrible? No. He’s been solid. Relievers are just too fickle to give this type of contract to. I think this one comes back to bite the Tigers.

Closer: Francisco Rodriguez, New York Mets, $11.5 Million

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    NEW YORK - AUGUST 14:  Francisco Rodriguez #75 of the New York Mets looks on after pitching in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 14, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Phi
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    K-Rod was overpaid when he was first signed to the Mets. He’s even more overpaid considering he’s such a hot head and got himself arrested and suspended for beating up his father-in-law at Citi Field.

    Good move.

    Rodriguez is a rollercoaster on the mound, and somebody I would never feel comfortable throwing out there with the game on the line.

Manager: Joe Girardi, New York Yankees, 3-Year, $9 Million

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    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 19:  Manager Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees speaks during a press conference introducing Rafael Soriano (not pictured) on January 19, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees signed Soriano to a
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    Although I think Girardi is a good manager, I think just about any Yankee manager would be overpaid considering the amount of talent on a team. It just feels like most people could make the simple decisions made during an average Yankees game. Granted, every manager makes questionable decisions. And hey, maybe the extra money is justified considering the pressure of being the Yankees manager.