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

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Mandatory Credit:

#2 Mike Hampton, Colorado Rockies (2001) 8 years-$121 million

In shear size alone, this contract seemed horrible from the start, factor in the length, and it is just plain old silly! After aparentley missing out on the Darren Dreifort sweepstakes the Colorado Rockies decided to make a huge splash in the free agent market.

Hampton only lasted 2 seasons in Colorado, and posted a 21-28 record with a 5.75 ERA and a mind-blowing 1.677 WHIP. In 79 games with the Rockies, he did club 10 home runs as a pitcher. He only spent two out of the eight years in Colorado, and had some decent years with the Atlanta Braves, but $15.125 million per year for Hampton was horrible. At $1.44 million per win in his two years in Colorado, Mike Hampton is #2 on the list.