Now that the Jim Hendry era is over, we can now assess that he overpaid for many players.
The Chicago Cubs had one of the highest payrolls in baseball, yet failed to win. Jim Hendry spent a lot of money on a few players in particular that didn’t play at the level of their monster contracts. It was after they signed their big contracts that they began to start declining.
With Theo Epstein expected to bid a lot of money on pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, we look back at some of the most overpaid players of the Jim Hendry era with the Cubs.
|Carlos Zambrano||5 Years||$91.5 Million||2007||He had the most wins in 2006 for the National League and placed 5th in the Cy Young voting in 2007. He threw smoke and no one could hit him. However, he went downhill after the 2008 season. With stints on the disabled list and an inability to maintain his physical and mental health, Zambrano posted records of 9-7, 11-6 and 9-7 before being traded to Miami.|
|It was the richest contract in Chicago Cub’s history, however Alfonso Soriano never lived up to people’s expectations. In 2009, Soriano led all major league left fielders in errors, with 11. In 2011 he had seven errors, again leading left fielders. Soriano hit 181 home runs as a Cub, and last season he showed some value, batting .254 with 17 home runs and 51 RBIs but was traded to the Yankees. He never panned out to his rich contract.An impressive five seasons earned Carlos Marmol a pay day. He set a record for strikeouts by any Cub with 138. He made the All-Star game in 2008. It looked like a great signing until teams began to hit his so-called unhittable slider. Marmol went from great, too good, to poor, to blowing many save opportunities. In 2011, Marmol blew a league-high 10 saves. His performance began to decrease even further, and in 2013 Marmol was designated for assignment by the Cubs after recording a 5.86 ERA in just 31 appearances. After signing his contract he never put up the numbers he once had.|