Looks like Boras wants to make Prince Fielder the richest fat guy in baseball. A lot of big guys have gotten even bigger contracts, but few have been able to stay healthy to earn those dollars. Let's take a look at some of the biggest fat guy contracts to date, and see how they turned out. There's a common these through most of these, that a GM ends up eating a bunch of salary. Is that ironic?
1. C.C. Sebathia - New York Yankees - 2009 - 7 years - $161 million
Sebathia signed the biggest contract for a fat guy, not to mention the biggest contract for a pitcher, ever. He has been earning his paycheck so far and helped the Yanks win a championship in his first season. The question is, how will he hold up in years 4-7 of his contract?
2. Carlos Zambrano - Chicago Cubs - 2008 - 5 years - $91.5 million
Jim Hendry is finding Zambrano's contract as immobile as the 260 lb. Zambrano himself. Zambrano has been criticized for his numbers since signing this monster deal, but he hasn't pitched much worse than he did in 2007, before he signed the contract. It was crazy to give him that much money in the first place.
3. Mo Vaughn - Anaheim Angels - 1999 - 6 years - $80 million
This contract gave Vaughn the highest annual salary in all of baseball at $13.3 million a year. He wasn't bad while he was healthy, but he didn't put up the numbers the Angels were expecting. By 2000 his slugging percentage had dropped 90 points and he struck out a league leading 181 times. The Angels were so eager to dump the remaining $42 million they owed him they traded him and an undisclosed amount of cash to the Mets for Kevin Appier and the $33 million the Mets owed him. The Angels released Appier after making only 51 starts.
4. Bartolo Colon - Anaheim Angels - 2004 - 4 years - $51 million
Colon pitched well his first two years in Anaheim, winning the Cy Young award in 2005. The Angels went to the playoffs both years. Colon didn't pitch very much, or very well in '06 or '07.
5. David Ortiz - Boston Red Sox - 2007 - 4 years - $50 million
Ortiz killed it in 2007 then his numbers dropped off. He has experienced extended slumps but overall has still put up decent numbers in the last 3 years of his contract. He was pretty horrible in 2009.
6. Carlos Silva - Seattle Mariners - 2008 - 4 years - $48 million
Silva wasn't great before signing with Seattle, but he ate innings. Bill Bavasi must love giving money to big fat guys. He also signed Mo Vaughn while he was the Angel's GM. Silva was so bad in his two years in Seattle that they traded him and $9 million to the Cubs for Milton Bradley. The discrepancy between Silva and Bradley's salaries was only $3 million, so the Mariners basically paid the Cubs an extra $6 million to take him. Silva has been great since moving from the pitcher friendly confines of Safeco Field to hitter's haven Wrigley Field...weird.
7. Andruw Jones - Los Angeles Dodgers - 2007 - 2 years - $36.2 million
Ok this isn't a huge gamble, not too many years, but Jones was so bad the Dodgers restructured his contract and are basically paying him to play for anyone else.
8. David Wells - New York Yankees - 1997 - 5 years - $30 million
This signing worked out for the Yankees. Wells pitched great for the Yankees, including throwing a perfect game and helping them to the best record in baseball since Ruth and Gehrig played on the same team. Of course, the Yankees also won the world series that year, and Wells led the league in WHIP, BB/9 and SO/BB. Then the Yankees traded him to Toronto for Clemens, and we all know how that worked out. Overall, great fat guy signing.
For historical comparison: The greatest ballplayer of all time happened to be fat.
Babe Ruth - 15 years with the Yankees for what equates to $90 - $100 million with inflation considered.
Did I miss anyone?