Top 3 worst offseason moves in MLB
With one quarter of the MLB season complete, we look back at the moves some teams made this past offseason that they are regretting now. Is your team on the list?
1. Ervin Santana-Minnesota Twins
– Four years, $55 million
This has to be top on the list despite the Twins putting together a remarkable 2015 campaign to-date. Santana was brought in to be the Twins second starter behind Phil Hughes, but has not pitched in one game this due to a PED suspension right before the season kicked off. At age 32, Santana has a career ERA of 4.17 and was not worth the $55 million contract the Twins inked him to this offseason. It will be interesting to see what Minnesota does with their highest paid free agent to-date when he returns from his 80-game ban. Mike Pelfrey who took Santana’s spot in the rotation is in the midst of his best season as a big-leaguer owning a 4-2 record with a 2.59 ERA.
2. Melky Cabrera-Chicago White Sox
– Three years, $42 million
Melky Cabrera cashed in this offseason signing a three-year deal that will pay him $14 million in 2015, $15 million in 2016 and $16 million in 2017. How does he reward the team that signed him to that ridiculous contract? By batting a career low .236 with a measly one home run and 17 RBI. His stat line of .236/.275/.271 is an embarrassment and his failures in the batters box have helped the White Sox become one of, if not the most disappointing team in 2015.
3. Pablo Sandoval-Boston Red Sox
– Five years, $95 million
One of the prized free agents of the offseason lands on the list for the disappointing Red Sox. Colby Gatz of MFST has a great read on the Red Sox offseason that can be read here. Sandoval who has battled weight issues and is a notorious slow starter, is batting .249 with five home runs and 17 RBI. He is on-pace to strikeout more times this year, than any of his previous seven seasons and the Red Sox sit in last place in the dreadful AL East. Boston faithful hope this is not the same “Panda” for the next four years.
Who was the worst offseason signing in your mind? Let me know in the comments below…
Dan Schalk covers MLB for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @ffsportstalk