12. A.J. Burnett, SP – $135,771,500
Burnett is scheduled to be a free agent this winter after making $16 million on the one-year deal he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies and is likely done commanding eight-figures considering he will be 38 in January and the fact that he leads the NL with 17 losses, 105 earned runs and 93 walks.
It is very likely we have seen the last of Burnett in the major leagues and if so, he will go down as one of the more overpaid players in the history of the game. Burnett has always had nice stuff, but his ability to harness his talent has resulted in him being one of the more erratic pitchers of his era.
When he was on, he was lights out, but when he was off, he had the tendency to walk the world, hit the batter and throw a wild pitch. In fact, Burnett has previously led the league in walks, hit batters and wild pitches and will now add losses, earned runs and his second season leading the league in walks to his resume.
Burnett once threw a no-hitter with nine walks. That is the perfect example of his talent and inability to locate the strike zone.