The 5 worst current MLB contracts we're thankful the Mets avoided adding to the payroll

These contracts are aging poorly and could've been on the Mets payroll.
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4) Jameson Taillon

Jameson Taillon is earning much less than some others on this list. However, he was very much a Mets free agent target prior to the 2023 season. Coming off of a respectable season with the New York Yankees, he secured himself a four-year contract worth $68 million from the Chicago Cubs.

The best ability of anyone in any industry is availability. Taillon is already on the IL. After his first year with the Cubs, fans aren’t too eager for him to return.

Taillon did manage to make 29 starts and a relief appearance in 2023. The results weren’t great. At 8-10 with a 4.84 ERA in 154.1 innings of work, he was very much a below-average innings eater.

The Mets actually look like they came away from the 2022-2023 offseason pretty clean. The Kodai Senga signing, despite his own injury, looks like a bargain. Jose Quintana has been good when healthy and even if he struggles the deal is less expensive than Taillon’s by a wide margin and over after the 2024 season.

Throughout his career, Taillon has been maybe slightly above average at best. One of those Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers the Yankees hoped could follow in the footsteps of Gerrit Cole, Joe Musgrove, and others by leaving the team and becoming a star, it looks like the Cubs are the ones who might get the least from him.