The single worst contract in baseball history expires this year, when one final payment of $10 million extricates its payor from further misery involving far too many zeroes, on both the checks they cut and the production they get on the field. From the moment it started in 2012 to today, when the Philadelphia Phillies could at any moment rid themselves of its acrid taste, Ryan Howard’s wholly unnecessary five-year, $125 million extension has barreled toward its place on worst-of lists and by any fair measure positioned itself at the apex.
So fare thee well, Mike Hampton and Darren Dreifort, and fear not, Carls Crawford and Pavano. All of the other past qualifiers (Jason Bay, Kei Igawa, Chan Ho Park) can relax for now, and future challengers (Josh Hamilton, Rusney Castillo, anyone getting paid $200 million-plus) know they’ve got a mighty low bar to slum beneath.
Because with June just 10 days away and the Phillies somehow still well above .500, Howard is the pimple on the prom queen’sRead More »from 10 Degrees: The worst contract in MLB history is finally ending soon