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soxinem1
11-21-2006, 09:46 PM
There have been scores of duds in the free agent market. Every team has had several.

Jaime Navarro ranks among the worst in White Sox history (even though the trade to get rid of him was quite good!).

But there have been players who signed huge mega-millions deals that just went belly up.

So who do you gals and guys think is the worst FA signing ever?

My pick(s) are tied.

Darren Dreifort, who was so happy to get a 5 year, $57 million deal that he won nine games over the life of the contract.

The Devil Rays were snake-bitten on many of them, but the worst was Juan Guzman, who was so greatfull for the $12 million + he got for the D-Rays that he pitched an entire 1 2/3 innings. He couldn't even win one lousy game for them.

Let the nominations begin....

Brian26
11-21-2006, 10:01 PM
This one is yet to be determined, but Carl Pavano is going to make a run at it. He signed a 4yr/$40 million deal with NYY after '04. He won four games in '05 before getting hurt, and he missed all of '06. So, in two years, he's made $20 million dollars and only won four lousy games.

Ziggy S
11-21-2006, 10:21 PM
For our team, I remember Navarro as the absolute worst. Not only did he suck hard, he blamed his teammates for lack of run support and bad fielding every freaking time he got blasted, which was almost every one of his starts in a Sox uniform. Steve Sax and Kirk McCaskill were AWFUL signings, as well. McCaskill was supposed to make us a Championship team in '92 and we ended up in 3rd place and Cora outplayed the guy who struggled half the time to make routine throws from second.

Outside the Good Guys, you cannot forget almost every Devil Ray signing of the late Nineties (Jose Cansteroids, Wilson Alvarez, etc), but Darren Dreifort and Carl Pavano, as soxinem and Brian26 mentioned, look like the Buster Browns of all time, but don't forget another the Rangers giving eight figures to Chan Ho Park. Rob Neyer's chapter in the Baseball Blunders book on the Royals giving a ton of cash to Mark and Storm Davis has to rank up there, especially since that move may have started the decline into the Cellar of the Central the Royals have occupied for a long time. The worst not made by the Dodgers or Yankees is the Rockies giving over 20 million combined per year to Denny Neagle and Mike Hampton. The latter you could maybe understand, but Neagle was mediocre before he went to Coors and the less said about the good example he provided, to all you young Baseball fans out there the better.

Brian26
11-21-2006, 10:58 PM
Steve Sax and Kirk McCaskill were AWFUL signings, as well.

We got Sax in a trade from the Yankees for Melido Perez and Bob Wickman.

McCaskill did a nice job for the Sox down the stretch in '93 in the bullpen, so I don't think that was a total waste either.

Zisk77
11-21-2006, 11:12 PM
Juan Gonzalez for a couple different teams.

caulfield12
11-21-2006, 11:26 PM
Most recently with the Royals...that didn't exactly work out.

Worst non-signing was Juan-Gone turning down the Tigers' insane deal.

Kevin Brown to the Dodger OR Yankees wasn't one of the best.

Mo Vaughn to the Angels.

Hideki Irabu to the Yankees

Kevin Appier to the Mets

Bonilla to the Mets

Contreras to the Yankees

Beltre and Sexson to the M's

Chan Ho Park to the Rangers

Hampton/Neagle/Kile to the Rockies

buehrle4cy05
11-21-2006, 11:44 PM
Most recently with the Royals...that didn't exactly work out.

Worst non-signing was Juan-Gone turning down the Tigers' insane deal.

Kevin Brown to the Dodger OR Yankees wasn't one of the best.

Mo Vaughn to the Angels.

Hideki Irabu to the Yankees

Kevin Appier to the Mets

Bonilla to the Mets

Contreras to the Yankees

Beltre and Sexson to the M's

Chan Ho Park to the Rangers

Hampton/Neagle/Kile to the Rockies

That basically covers my list...Chan Ho Park tops it, though.

chaerulez
11-22-2006, 12:38 AM
Why did the Brewers agree to take Navarro? Did they think he would some how turn it around coming back to his original team?

TommyJohn
11-22-2006, 08:01 AM
I nominate Wayne Garland. The Indians threw a ton of cash at him before
1977. Not wanting to seem ungrateful, he took it. He went 13-19 his first
year with them and battled injuries for the rest of his career. He was done
after the 1981 season.

How about Oscar Gamble, he of 1977 South Side Hitmen fame? Ray Kroc
of the San Diego Padres signed Gamble to a huge contract worth a couple
of million. He had 7 HR's, 47 RBI's and a .275 BA. The Padres dumped him
after that season. By the end of 1979, he was back with the Yankees and
comfortably settled in as a DH/4th outfielder.

Worst White Sox free agent signing? Those who nominate Jamie Navarro
(a good choice to be sure) are too young to remember Ron Blomberg.

wdelaney72
11-22-2006, 08:24 AM
:cleo
"In three short years, the Cubs 5 yr /$73 million contract with Aramis Ramirez will lead many conversations such as this."

lumpyspun
11-22-2006, 08:28 AM
Beltre and Sexson to the M's



Beltre, God yes...just an awful signing (for that much money). Sexson, should not be on the list.

sox1970
11-22-2006, 08:29 AM
Darren Dreifort was the first one that came to mind.

274 career games
48-60 W-L 4.36 ERA

Career Earnings: $64 million

hose
11-22-2006, 08:42 AM
I'll use the word pathetic for this free agent: Ron Blomberg

Just the thought of that guy makes me hurl.

JChisox
11-22-2006, 11:11 AM
I would like to nominate Russ Ortiz as the worst ever. He was so bad for Arizona that they released him in just his second year of a 4 year, $33M deal. He had lost 14 of his last 15 decisions for them and went on to lose 3 more for Baltimore before they pulled the plug. It is believed that Ortiz represents the most expensive contract release in MLB history.

caulfield12
11-22-2006, 12:12 PM
I would like to nominate Albert Belle...statistically, he had a great season when it no longer mattered, he helped worsen the image of the club and led to the White Flag trade and the surrendering of the 1997 season as well as the loss of Ventura indirectly.

Thankfully, he opted out and ended with Baltimore or our franchise really would have suffered long-term repercussions.

JB98
11-22-2006, 01:16 PM
I would like to nominate Russ Ortiz as the worst ever. He was so bad for Arizona that they released him in just his second year of a 4 year, $33M deal. He had lost 14 of his last 15 decisions for them and went on to lose 3 more for Baltimore before they pulled the plug. It is believed that Ortiz represents the most expensive contract release in MLB history.

This is a good nomination. :welcome:

Someone else mentioned Mo Vaughn to the Angels. I think Vaughn actually went to the Mets, and that would be my choice.

Todd Hundley to the Cubs was also a complete train wreck.

RKMeibalane
11-22-2006, 03:00 PM
Most recently with the Royals...that didn't exactly work out.

Worst non-signing was Juan-Gone turning down the Tigers' insane deal.

Kevin Brown to the Dodger OR Yankees wasn't one of the best.

Mo Vaughn to the Angels.

Hideki Irabu to the Yankees

Kevin Appier to the Mets

Bonilla to the Mets

Contreras to the Yankees

Beltre and Sexson to the M's

Chan Ho Park to the Rangers

Hampton/Neagle/Kile to the Rockies

Don't forget about Danny Tartabull with the Yankees, which happened at the same time as the Bonilla signing. Bonilla at least managed to make the AS team twice during his first tenure with the Mets. Tartabull couldn't even do that, as he spent most of his time on the DL.

Ol' No. 2
11-22-2006, 04:18 PM
:cleo
"In three short years, the Cubs 5 yr /$73 million contract with Aramis Ramirez will lead many conversations such as this."Ramirez will do more to earn his money than Soriano will, unless you count the possibility of breaking the single-season solo HR record.

SoxxoS
11-22-2006, 06:00 PM
This past Juan Pierre one could be up there in 4 years...he isn't really anything except....fast

caulfield12
11-22-2006, 06:03 PM
Was Vince Coleman a FA when he signed with the Mets? That wasn't so good.

For some reason, Kevin McReynolds and Dean Palmer (Tigers) also come to mind.

rowand33
11-22-2006, 07:27 PM
gary matthews, jr. $10 per year for 5 years.

jeez, how do you justify that?

Soxzilla
11-22-2006, 08:13 PM
I'm going to go against the grain on this one...

Alex Rodriguez to the Rangers.

Alex Rodriguez to the Yankees.

Combined WS titles for both clubs since: 0.

SOXSINCE'70
11-22-2006, 08:29 PM
Don't forget about Danny Tartabull with the Yankees

Please don't forget Danny Tartabull's forgettable stay on the
the Soth Side in 1996.He had the quietest 100 RBI season an
outfielder could have.IIRC,many of those 100 RBI's came when
the race was over and decided,and the Tribe kicked our ass
for the second straight year.

Dan the Man
11-22-2006, 08:47 PM
Don't forget about Danny Tartabull with the Yankees, which happened at the same time as the Bonilla signing. Bonilla at least managed to make the AS team twice during his first tenure with the Mets. Tartabull couldn't even do that, as he spent most of his time on the DL.

But he was mentioned in Seinfeld dozens of times!

Clembasbal
11-22-2006, 09:36 PM
For me...

...the conversation begins and ends with Greg Vaughn in Tampla

cwsfannick
11-22-2006, 09:40 PM
Troy Percival signed by the Tigers. Did he even play for them?

caulfield12
11-22-2006, 09:54 PM
Alex Fernandez to the Marlins...

DumpJerry
11-22-2006, 10:30 PM
The reason why Navarro might be the worst is the fact that Schu signed him instead of Clemens who was itching to play for the Sox. Schu said Clemens was "old and washed up."

Milwaukee took Navarro off our hands because Selig loves Uncle Jerry.

Frater Perdurabo
11-22-2006, 11:19 PM
Alex Fernandez to the Marlins...

You can't fault the Fish for the fact that Fernandez got injured. Besides, they still won the 1997 World Series.

tlebar318
11-23-2006, 07:03 AM
I nominate Wayne Garland. The Indians threw a ton of cash at him before
1977. Not wanting to seem ungrateful, he took it. He went 13-19 his first
year with them and battled injuries for the rest of his career. He was done
after the 1981 season.

How about Oscar Gamble, he of 1977 South Side Hitmen fame? Ray Kroc
of the San Diego Padres signed Gamble to a huge contract worth a couple
of million. He had 7 HR's, 47 RBI's and a .275 BA. The Padres dumped him
after that season. By the end of 1979, he was back with the Yankees and
comfortably settled in as a DH/4th outfielder.

Worst White Sox free agent signing? Those who nominate Jamie Navarro
(a good choice to be sure) are too young to remember Ron Blomberg.

That's funny-I was thinking Blomberg too. I guess that means I am getting old?:redneck

FedEx227
11-23-2006, 08:44 AM
Someone else mentioned Mo Vaughn to the Angels. I think Vaughn actually went to the Mets, and that would be my choice.

Actually after Boston he signed with the Angels and actually did pretty well, got injuried for all of 2001 then was traded to the Mets for Kevin Appier.

TaylorStSox
11-24-2006, 04:56 PM
Bobby Higginson needs to make an appearance.

caulfield12
11-24-2006, 05:12 PM
Didn't Higginson STAY with Detroit? Maybe that would be the worst contract given to avoid your own player leaving as a FA, but not ending up with another team...

MDF3530
11-24-2006, 05:20 PM
The reason why Navarro might be the worst is the fact that Schu signed him instead of Clemens who was itching to play for the Sox. Schu said Clemens was "old and washed up."

Milwaukee took Navarro off our hands because Selig loves Uncle Jerry.Actually, the quote verbatim is "he might be damaged goods".

Mine would be Albert Belle. Both the Sox and the Orioles were dumb enough to sign Joey to fat contracts.

areilly
11-24-2006, 06:00 PM
Honorable mention to Kerry Wood, CHC.

In February of 2004, the Cubs gave him a 3/$32.5mil deal. In those three years Wood went 12-15 in 226 innings.

FedEx227
11-24-2006, 07:56 PM
Didn't Higginson STAY with Detroit? Maybe that would be the worst contract given to avoid your own player leaving as a FA, but not ending up with another team...

IIRC he was STILL in some way with them up until last year.

Dick Allen
11-24-2006, 11:03 PM
I nominate Wayne Garland. The Indians threw a ton of cash at him before
1977. Not wanting to seem ungrateful, he took it. He went 13-19 his first
year with them and battled injuries for the rest of his career. He was done
after the 1981 season.

How about Oscar Gamble, he of 1977 South Side Hitmen fame? Ray Kroc
of the San Diego Padres signed Gamble to a huge contract worth a couple
of million. He had 7 HR's, 47 RBI's and a .275 BA. The Padres dumped him
after that season. By the end of 1979, he was back with the Yankees and
comfortably settled in as a DH/4th outfielder.

Worst White Sox free agent signing? Those who nominate Jamie Navarro
(a good choice to be sure) are too young to remember Ron Blomberg.Wayne Garland is my choice as well. I think he was probably the first big bust of the free agency era.

caulfield12
11-25-2006, 12:21 AM
Christian Guzman to the Washington Nationals...

shoelessshaun27!
11-25-2006, 08:35 AM
Billy Koch anybody? Remember him, he was a bust.