San Diego Padres: Ranking the 10 worst contracts in the NL West right now

The worst contracts in the NL West give a glimpse into why the 2023 season has been so bad for the San Diego Padres

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Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor
Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

4) Worst contracts in the NL West: Chris Taylor of the Los Angeles Dodgers

Yes, even the Dodgers can make mistakes. Each of the top two highest paid Dodgers players in Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman have arguments of being the best player in baseball, but if you look deeper down the contract list the Dodgers have, Chris Taylor's isn't too pretty.

Taylor signed a four-year deal worth $60 million entering the 2022 season. The deal made a ton of sense at the time as Taylor was a very productive hitter and his versatility made him a player Los Angeles just couldn't afford to lose.

Since signing the deal, Taylor has been a completely different player. He had a .677 OPS last season and struck out a whopping 35.2% of the time. This was a guy who was an all-star in 2021 before losing his starting job entirely as the season winded down.

This season has been better than last, but still not great. Taylor is slashing .218/.306/.414 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI. He's hitting for more power and is striking out a bit less (still 32.1% K-rate) but a .720 OPS and a 92 OPS+ is not what the Dodgers signed up for.

Taylor is making $15 million this season and is set to make $13 million in each of the next two seasons. He then has a club option for another $12 million with a $4 million buyout. Taylor essentially has two years guaranteed on his deal after this one for $30 million. That's a lot of money for a below average hitter who the Dodgers can't give regular playing time to.