Three Angels make All-Overpaid Team

Some players hurt their teams statistically. Some hurt them financially. And some do both, writes Rob Neyer.

Updated: September 1, 2005, 3:52 PM ET
By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider
When you talk about players who are overpaid, there are some who want to turn the discussion into a matter of values. As if players could do better if only they had the integrity to try harder. And sure, that's very occasionally true. But nearly every player wants to play well, and if players aren't playing well, it's because they can't.

Nevertheless, it's fair to point out the players whose numbers don't come close to matching their salaries because the disparity has a significant impact on their teams' fortunes. It's a double whammy: High-paid players with lousy stats waste both money (that could be spent elsewhere) and playing time (that could be given to better, probably cheaper players). So here, then, as we enter the last month of the season, are the players who have hurt their teams the most:

C: Jason Kendall (9/9, $10.6M)

Jason Kendall
Kendall
The third of those numbers is Kendall's salary this season, and the first set of numbers describes where Kendall ranks among the catchers with enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title.