We present the majors leaguers with the least trade value
I found this thread to be of particular interest. A few points to note here:15. Yuniesky Betancourt, Royals
Total left: $7 million through 2011 (includes $2 million team buyout and Mariners paying part of salary)He can't hit, can't field, can't run, doesn't hustle or seem to care at times ... wait, you say the Royals actually just traded for this guy?
More like new Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik fleeced the Royals. He not only traded a guy with no plate discipline (someone who if he could would swing at other batter's pitches
) but he did so for the Royals number one pitching prospect (read: someone who could be a starter for the M's in as soon as a year or two) and also another prospect who could turn out to be a solid bullpen left handed specialist. All of that for agreeing to buy part of Betancourt's salary out. Of course we had Yuni in our starting rotation because he was a project of former GM Bill Bavasi but Yuni that is Kansas City's problem now.14. Kenji Johjima, Mariners
Total left: $18.64 million through 2011Anybody want a 33-year-old catcher with a .299 on-base percentage and little power? Didn't think so. Congratulations, former Mariners general manager Bill Bavasi, you signed the first two guys on our list!
Meanwhile ESPN rubs salt in my wounds...10. Dontrelle Willis, Nate Robertson, Jeremy Bonderman and Carlos Guillen, TigersTotal left: $73.5 million (Guillen signed through 2011, others through 2010)
Congratulations, Dave Dombrowski, you've had so many bad signings recently that it's easier just to group them all together (and we considered including Miguel Cabrera, who will earn more than $100 million through 2015, but he's at least young enough to keep producing big numbers).
Note: Total payment increases $500,000 if Willis or Robertson win the Cy Young Award next season.
Sorry Kevin, I had to post this one because misery loves company. But just so you do not feel as if things are much worse out in your neck of the woods in this area, I remind you of this:4. Carlos Silva, MarinersTotal left: $28.63 million through 2011 (includes $2 million team buyout)On the bright side, Mariners fans, this contract was so stupefyingly awful, it led to the long-overdue firing that ended the incompetent reign of Bavasi. The deal was for $48 million and Silva has gone 5-18, 6.77 with the Mariners, is on the disabled list and quite likely to have thrown his last major league pitch.
So for others reading this, if you want to know why (i) I want to do to Bill Bavasi what Clubber Lang did to Rocky in their first fight and (ii) Kevin Tierney will probably watch Tigers games the next few days not far from a shotgun, this link explains it all.
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