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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San Francisco Giants right fielder Mitch Haniger
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3) Worst contracts in the NL West: Mitch Haniger of the San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants were expected to be among the big spenders of last offseason. They had Aaron Judge on a massive deal ... until they didn't. They then had Carlos Correa on a big deal ... until he failed his physical and that all went downhill.

The Giants missed on all of their big swings, so they had to settle for the next tier. Manaea was one of the free agents they signed to try and fortify their rotation. Another player brought in was Mitch Haniger who inked a three-year deal worth $43.5 million to come to San Francisco. Year one of the deal has one the veteran outfielder will want to forget.

Haniger's beginning to his Giants tenure was delayed due to an oblique strain he suffered in Spring Training. He'd make his debut on April 24 and play play for almost two months as the team's primary left fielder. He struggled with his new team, slashing .230/.281/.372 with four home runs and 22 RBI.

Then, in a game in St. Louis in mid-June, Haniger was hit by a Jack Flaherty change-up and fractured his forearm. He underwent surgery and has been on the IL ever since.

The oft-injured Haniger is making just $5 million this season but is set to earn $17 million in 2024 and has a player option worth another $15 million in 2025. Getting hit by a pitch obviously isn't his fault, but that doesn't change the fact that Haniger has played over 100 games just twice in his seven-year MLB career. For this contract to make any sort of sense, he's going to have to play more in the future while also being more productive than the .653 OPS hitter he had been prior to his second IL stint of the season.