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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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7) Worst contracts in the NL East: Avisail Garcia

The Marlins decided to spend some money this offseason, inking Alcantara to his extension and signing some bats. Jorge Soler and Avisail Garcia have both not worked out. Soler has at least been a relatively decent player, posting a 98 WRC+. He also isn't on as long of a contract as Garcia.

Garcia was the major prize for the Marlins after hitting 29 home runs with a 118 OPS+ last season with the Brewers. The Marlins signed him to a four-year $53 million dollar deal. I thought at the time the contract was pretty large considering he was 30 years old at the time, but I thought he'd at least be good for this season. Boy was I wrong.

Garcia's deal is the biggest one signed by this Marlins ownership group. With their unwillingness to spend much, Garcia had to perform and just hasn't. $53 million dollars to the Marlins is what $100 million is to the Phillies.

Garcia has slashed .232/.269/.322 with seven home runs and 30 RBI. Garcia was signed to be a power hitter for a team that is always starved for home runs but has a slugging percentage just seven points higher than Cesar Hernandez, a guy who has not hit a home run this season.

The Marlins will likely look to dump Garcia and would have to attach a really solid prospect to him in order to do so. If they can't, they'll have to bank on a bounce-back which I'm not sure is coming.

His 69 WRC+ is almost 50 points lower than it was last season, and his -0.2 fWAR suggests he's hurt the team more than he's helped. Not what you want from your big offseason signing.

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