The New York Mets have an owner in Steve Cohen who won't shy away from a massive payroll. He's willing to just use money to help get out from under a mistake. The Wilpons were not the same way. They gave out some awful contracts that they did not have the ability to recover from just by spending more money.
The Mets refused to spend money for a large part of the last decade but there are some deals they gave out that we still shake our heads at. Here are the three worst.
3) NY Mets "Infielder" Jed Lowrie - 2 years/$20 million dollars
Jed Lowrie was signed to be a super utility infielder of sorts. He didn't have a set position but was going to be a great piece that could play 4-5 times per week at three of the four infield positions. Lowrie was coming off of an all-star season with Oakland and there was a lot of excitement bringing a player of his caliber in for a team that had just traded for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz.
Lowrie ended up hurting himself in Spring Training and needed surgery. The problem is, the Mets did not let him get the surgery needed. Lowrie was limited to just eight plate appearances which occured when the Mets were out of contention. He went hitless in those eight plate appearances while striking out four times and drawing a walk.
The reason I have parenthesis around infielder is because Lowrie did not play a single inning in the field as a Met. Two years $20 million dollars isn't the worst contract in the world but when you never play, it's pretty ugly.