5 Most Overpaid Players on Philadelphia Phillies’ Roster

5 Most Overpaid Philadelphia Phillies

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The old saying "you get what you pay for" applies to the Philadelphia Phillies perhaps more than any other MLB team.
The organization has paid out a lot and gotten very little from its core players, and the fatal flaw in that business model has to be the fact that the pay was for past performance, not future potential.
These are the 5 most overpaid Phillies' players.

5. Jimmy Rollins (11 million dollars)

Jimmy Rollins
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5. Jimmy Rollins (11 million dollars)

Jimmy Rollins
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In three out of the last four seasons, Rollins has hit no higher than .252, which was his 2013 average. To expect Rollins to return to the days when he hit .297 and 30 home runs is pure folly, but the Phillies are paying him like a 30HR player at over million this season.

4. A.J. Burnett (16 million dollars)

4. A.J. Burnett
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4. A.J. Burnett (16 million dollars)

A.J. Burnett
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Burnett is 0-1 with a 3.64 ERA, but the latest on him is that he has a hernia and will attempt to pitch through it. Any time a team invests million in a 37-year-old pitcher they are taking a huge risk that an injury could happen, and the Phillies could see this backfire soon.

3. John Mayberry Jr. (1.5 million dollars)

John Mayberry Jr.
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3. John Mayberry Jr. (1.5 million dollars)

3. John Mayberry Jr.
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Coming off .245 and .227 years, the Phillies decided to give Mayberry a .5 million contract. A .227 hitter should be lucky to be in the majors, let alone be making over a million.

2. Ryan Howard (25 million dollars)

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2. Ryan Howard (25 million dollars)

Ryan Howard
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If this were an athletic, trim man, maybe you can think about giving a power hitter like Howard million, which is what he is making this season. Nut he’s fat and out of shape and his errors have led directly to three Phillies losses this season. He has added nothing at the plate, hitting .224 this season.

1. Jonathan Papelbon (13 million dollars)

Jonathan Papelbon
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1. Jonathan Papelbon (13 million dollars)

Jonathan Papelbon
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Papelbon’s first blown save this season was his eighth BS in his last 24 opportunities, the worst among current closers. Yet, at million this season, Papelbon is the highest-paid closer in the game today. His velocity has gone down in each of the last three years. The Phillies are paying him for the job he did in Boston, not Philadelphia.

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