Big money busts? 

May, 12, 2013
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Earlier this week, ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney wrote that several soon-to-be free agent starting pitchers are either hurt or struggling mightily over extended periods, greatly impacting their value come the offseason. Buster was looking forward. I'm going to put on my hindsight shades and put the ship in reverse.

Fourteen players signed free agent contracts this past winter worth $25 million or more with a team they did not play for the previous season. While I'm not suggesting any of them are busts after five weeks or so, most of those players are either hurt or struggling right now.

Zack Greinke ($147 million) broke his collarbone in a brawl, but he is ahead of schedule to return, while Josh Hamilton ($125 million is batting a meek .205/.255/.311 with three home runs and 40 strikeouts for the Angels. B.J. Upton ($75 million) is batting .153/.240/.270 with 42 punch outs while Michael Bourn ($48 million) and Shane Victorino ($39 million) have spent the majority of the year on the disabled list. Cody Ross ($26 million) hasn't been awful, necessarily -- .280/.310/.378 -- but those are fourth outfielder numbers and he began the year on the disabled list.

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