2. Mike Hampton, Colorado Rockies
Contract: Eight years, $121 million
The Rockies, coming off an 82-80 season in 2000, thought that if they signed a couple of big name free agent pitchers, they would be World Series champions. And so they made it rain on Mike Hampton. Bad move. Hampton was awful for the Rockies. The first year of his contract, he had an ERA over 5. The second year, he went 7-15 with a 6.15 ERA. The Rockies agreed to eat part of his salary to send him out of town to the Braves, who hoped that he would return to the form he had shown with the Astros in the late 1990s. After a promising start to 2003, injuries ruined the rest of his career, and he missed two full seasons after back-to-back Tommy John surgeries. Much of his salary ended up being covered by insurance policies. —Johnny Goodtimes (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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