Originally Posted by Bobby Thigpen
Name the last Sox player released in the middle of a 4 year contract.
Heck, name the last "star" player to get released in the middle of their contract. This isn't football.
I didn't say the Sox had done it, and no, it's not usually guys who are currently stars, but rather guys who got too much money and took a nose dive. Bobby Bonilla comes to mind, and the Mets even paid him more over a long time to do it, though he kind of orchestrated that himself.
Carlos Silva was released by the Cubs with a year and $11.5 million left on his contract, though some of that was being paid by the Mariners.
I guess doing it with more than a year on a contract isn't common, but doing it going into the last year of a contract isn't unprecedented. Dunn's performance with his contract is rather unprecedented, so maybe he should be the exception to the 1-year-remaining release norm.