#1: Carlos Silva: 2008-2009: $20.5 million… but wait, there’s more
Do you want to know why this is the worst one? After two awful seasons, the Mariners sent him to Chicago along with $9 million dollars, and had to take back Milton Bradley.
You wanna know how bad it was? Check out this snippet from the ESPN article when the trade happened…
"Seattle, which has never appeared in a World Series, didn’t expect to find a suitor for Silva. He has done little except lose and get hurt in the two seasons since he signed a $48 million, four-year contract."
The Mariners took on two seasons of Bradley at 24 million, and he gave them exactly 0.0 WAR. This means, that if you wanna add it up a certain way, that the Mariners paid $53.5 million over four seasons for two years of a pitcher who had a 6.81 ERA in 183.2 innings with a 1.617 WHIP and a -2.8 WAR, and two years of a hitter who had a 0.0 WAR, with a .209/.298/.351 slash line in only 345 ABs.
That’s $53.5 million to lose three games. Yeah, there’s more to it than that, but for simplicity’s sake, I’m designating it that way. It’s so awful, that it easily takes the top spot on the list.
What do you think? Should someone else who is semi-recent take a spot in the top 5? What about those honorable mentions? Did I straight up forget someone? Let us know what you think, and let’s pray we don’t have to add anyone new to the list in the near future.