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Ranking the 10 worst contracts in the National League East

Aug 6, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets catcher James McCann (33) runs out an RBI
Aug 6, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets catcher James McCann (33) runs out an RBI / Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Mets have the good fortune of having the richest owner in all of baseball in Steve Cohen. Under Cohen, the Mets have signed Max Scherzer to the biggest AAV deal in MLB history and have given Francisco Lindor the largest contract in Mets history and the record for a shortstop.

There are plenty of bargain deals in the NL East, mainly every contract the Braves give out. They have Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies, and Matt Olson all locked up through the 2026 season at least and the most one of them will make is $22 million dollars in a season.

There's also the bargain that is the Sandy Alcantara contract. Five years $56 million dollars is insanely good value, especially for a team not willing to spend much money like the Marlins.

The biggest contracts in the NL East owned by Francisco Lindor and Bryce Harper might not age perfectly but are working out too well right now to be on this list. Harper was the MVP last season while Lindor is playing like the superstar the Mets acquired him to be this season.

10) Worst contracts in the NL East: Raisel Iglesias

The Braves just acquired Raisel Iglesias at the trade deadline to help sure up what already was a fantastic bullpen. Iglesias will serve as the set-up man for closer Kenley Jansen this season, and potentially take over that closer role for the remainder of his contract.

Iglesias is making $10 million dollars this season but is making $16 million dollars annually for the following three seasons. For a closer on a team not always spending a ton of money, that's not a great contract.

Relievers can be extremely volatile, and after enjoying a career year in 2021 which saw him finish 11th in the AL Cy Young balloting, Iglesias has gone 2-6 with a 3.61 ERA this season for the Angels and Braves.

His FIP is good and over a run lower than the ERA, suggesting he got very unlucky on an awful Angels team, but results are really all that matter in this business. Any closer making big money like that has to be dominant and Iglesias hasn't been as dominant as he was in years past.

This contract won't hurt the Braves very much considering their star players are on ridiculously cheap deals, but it doesn't help them either.

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