2) Worst Contract in the NL East: Scott Kingery
You might have actually forgotten about this contract like I almost did. It’s because Scott Kingery isn’t even in the major leagues. The Phillies extended this infielder before he played a down in the major leagues. It turned out to be a massive mistake.
The deal will finish as a six-year contract worth $24 million once he is bought out after this year. The largest hit of all comes this season with $8.25 million hitting his bank account. The team was cautious about his future. Team options each year from 2024-2026 added a layer of protection. Fortunately for Kingery and Mets fans looking for something to smile about, this turned into a laughably bad Phillies contract very quickly.
Kingery has already been designated for assignment by the Phillies and would have to be reinstated to even make an appearance this year for the major league club. He played in 15 games in 2021 and only one last season. He has hit well in Triple-A this year, but the team has shown no interest in adding him to their bench.
Barring a late call-up in 2023, Kingery could finish his Phillies tenure with a .229/.280/.387 slash line and only 325 games played. An argument to take some of the blame from him could be how much the team moved him around the field. Kingery played primarily shortstop in 2018 and then center field in 2019 while also logging dozens of innings elsewhere. It’s a lame excuse as to why he didn’t hit.
The real winner in this deal is Kingery who despite seeing his dreams of big league success crushed will never have to work another day in his life after this year if he chooses.