15 Biggest Dead Money Salaries In MLB

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12. Matt Kemp – $3.5 million from Dodgers to Padres

matt kempOnce viewed as the Dodgers franchise player, Kemp fell out of favor after injuries began to take a toll on his performance. Trading the all-star was no easy task though, as he had signed an eight-year, $160 million extension in 2011. In 2014, Los Angeles was finally able to off-load Kemp to San Diego, along with $32 million dollars in dead money.

11. Jose Tabata – $4.7 million from Pirates to Dodgers

jose tabataFailing to find an everyday spot in the Pirates lineup, the team traded Tabata to the Dodgers for Michael Morse in 2015. The Dodgers sent Tabata down to the minors and he has not been called up to the majors since. That means the Pirates are paying Tabata nearly $5 million this season to play for another team in the minor leagues.

10. Hector Olivera – $4.7 million from Dodgers to Braves

hector oliveraDefecting from Cuba, Olivera signed a $62.5 million contract with the Dodgers in 2015. Failing to make an impact in Spring, and possibly requiring Tommy John surgery, Los Angeles moved on from Olivera quickly, trading him to Atlanta mere months after originally signing him. Currently, the 31-year-old dead money prospect is under investigation for domestic violence charges.

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Scott Croker

Scott Croker is a sports nut and education enthusiast from the San Francisco Bay Area with a message he plans to shout from the rooftops. Or in all caps on his computer screen. When not living his writing dream he works in the special education department of a charter high school in Los Angeles. He is also the head coach of the school’s upstart football team.