1. RYAN HOWARD
2015 Salary: $25,000,000
Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
2015 Stats: .235 AVG 19 HR 65 RBIs
This should come as a surprise to no one, Ryan Howard has been the best in baseball at collecting a check far beyond his value each year. Consider the fact that his numbers this year have been a positive compared to previous seasons and you get an idea. The Phillies franchise has been sitting in purgatory since the 2009 season ended and Ryan Howard has been a huge handcuff holding the team back.
Since signing that laughable contract, Ryan Howard has seen his production drop enormously to the point where he could have been MIA the past few seasons. If it wasn’t for the constant highlights of his mug on Subway commercials we probably wouldn’t have a clue that he was still playing.
Sidenote: Has any franchise been worse at selecting players to endorse than Subway? With the exception of Mike Trout, their lineup has been cringeworthy. To name a few of the impressively bad choices: Ndamakong Suh, Ryan Howard, RGIII, Johnny Manziel…and of course Jared Fogle.