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Daisuke Matsuzaka’s decision to have season ending surgery prompted a post comparing his signing to the Yankees’ ill-fated acquisition of Kei Igawa. The conclusion reached was that both Japanese imports turned out to be busts, but perhaps not so outlandish in comparison to the rest of the 2006 free agent class. So, instead of leaving that point dangling, let’s take a look at how the other mega free agent deals signed that off season have fared to date.

Top-20 Contracts Signed in 2006 Off Season, by Total Dollars ($mn)

Player Team Years Total Value Difference Prorated Dif.
Mike Mussina NYY 2 23.0 35.7 12.7 NA
Jason Marquis CHC 3 21.0 32.8 11.8 NA
Gil Meche* KAN 5 55.0 47.0 3.0 NA
Ted Lilly CHC 4 40.0 40.6 0.6 NA
J.D. Drew# BOS 5 70.0 58.4 -2.3 -2.6
Aubrey Huff BAL 3 20.0 13.9 -6.1 NA
Juan Pierre# LAD 5 44.0 29.4 -8.7 -10.1
Aramis Ramirez# CHC 5 75.0 55.2 -9.8 -11.3
Alfonso Soriano# CHC 8 136.0 62.3 -11.4 -21.0
Vicente Padilla TEX 3 33.8 20.3 -13.5 NA
Miguel Batista SEA 3 25.0 4.3 -20.7 NA
Adam Eaton PHI 3 24.5 -0.2 -24.7 NA
Julio Lugo BOS 4 36.0 4.2 -31.8 NA
Jeff Suppan MIL 4 42.0 6.0 -36.0 NA
Carlos Lee# HOU 6 100.0 33.2 -39.0 -54.0
Barry Zito# SFO 7 126.0 31.7 -46.3 -74.8
Kei Igawa^ NYY 5 46.0 -0.8 -46.8 NA
Jason Schmidt LAD 3 47.0 0.0 -47.0 NA
Gary Matthews^ LAA 5 50.0 -3.2 -53.2 NA
Daisuke Matsuzaka^ BOS 6 103.1 43.9 -59.2 NA

*By retiring, Meche forfeited final year of salary. #Players still active and contracts still ongoing (“difference” based on pro-rated total to date; “pro-rated difference” based on estimated total value minus total contract value). ^Contracts still ongoing, but no further contribution from player assumed.
Note: Value is a WAR-based conversion into dollars.
Source: fangraphs.com and mlbtraderumors.com

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