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15 Worst Contracts in American Sports History

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5. Barry Zito, San Francisco Giants

Contract: Seven years, $126 million

A Cy Young Award winner and three-time All-Star with the Oakland A’s, Zito went across the Bay to San Francisco in 2007, signing an astronomical seven-year deal. He has been a complete dud in San Fran. In Oakland, he went 102-63 with a 3.55 ERA. In San Fran, he’s 41-63 with a 4.52 ERA. His strikeouts have dropped dramatically, as has the velocity on his fastball. He was so bad in 2010 that the Giants left him off their playoff roster. He was even worse in 2011 before having his season cut short by a foot injury. And there are still two years left on his contract. —Johnny Goodtimes (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

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