Best and Worst MLB Free Agent Signings
Gary Matthews Jr.
Posted On 05.17, 2013

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Gary Matthews Jr. - Signed by Angels in 2006, five years, $50 million.

A simple lesson: When a 31-year-old has a career year in a great hitters’ park (Rangers Ballpark in Arlington) just before becoming a free agent, hide your wallet. The Angels paid Matthews on the basis of his best season (.313, 44 2B, 19 HR, 79 RBIs, .866 OPS), and watched him revert to form (two-season average so far of .247, 23 2B, 13 HR, 59 RBIs, .712 OPS). You know it’s a bad signing when the team signs someone a year later to play the same position (Torii Hunter, signed 11/23/07, five years, $90 million).

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