3B Evan Longoria—three years, $49 million
The decision to trade for Evan Longoria on the heels of a 98-loss season seemed like an ill-advised move at the time for the San Francisco Giants.
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When the move was made, he was coming off a season where he posted a 99 OPS+ with 36 doubles and 20 home runs, which was career-low production by his standards.
Rather than bouncing back, things went from bad to worse.
He hit a brutal .244/.281/.413 for a 91 OPS+ last year, and his production has continued to nose-dive this season with an 80 OPS+ and just seven home runs in 271 plate appearances.
His .374 slugging percentage this year is almost 100 points below his career mark, and his days as a 30-homer threat are now a distant memory.
What earns Longoria the top spot is the time remaining on his deal.
The 33-year-old is owed $13 million in 2020, $16.5 million in 2021, $14.5 million in 2022, and he has a $13 million club option that comes with a $5 million buyout for 2023.
His production has already taken a sharp downturn. Where will he be as a 36-year-old in the final year of his deal?
Before all is said and done, the players listed in this article will pull in a staggering $247 million, and they’ll be doing for San Francisco Giants teams in the midst of a rebuild with no real hope of contending. Yikes.