Padres Editorial: Boom or Bust! All-Time Best/Worst Free Agent Pitchers Part I

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The worst all-time free agent signings of a major league starting pitcher. Total years of the contract and total amount paid overall wasn’t the only determining factor for this list. Production and health are key factors as well. If a player signs a $100 million-plus contract, I am not going to automatically deem the contract a failure. However that player should at least be available and play the whole tenure of the contract. Remember this is an opinion not to be misconstrued as fact.


Kevin Brown (1999) Los Angeles Dodgers 7 years-$108 million

Barry Zito (2007) San Francisco Giants 7 years-$126 million

Chan Ho Park (2002) Texas Rangers 5 years-$65 million