Seventh Worst Contract Ever – Storm Davis (Royals pitcher in 1990 and 1991)
After a year in which Storm Davis won the World Series with the Oakland Athletics, the Kansas City Royals inked him to a three-year deal worth $6 million. That might not seem like a lot of money, but in 1990 it was, and Davis didn’t deserve that big of a deal.
He had an ERA of 4.36 in that 1989 season, but had a record of 19-7. Despite the less than stellar ERA, the KC Royals were set in their ways of bring Davis on board. Pitching coach Frank Furk said of the ERA issue,
"“We don’t want pitchers with good ERA’s. We want pitchers with wins."
Well, that didn’t pan out too well for the Royals. Davis would only win ten games with the team in two seasons and spent most of the 1991 season in the bullpen.
In his first season with the Royals, Storm Davis had a 4.74 ERA in 112 innings pitched with a record of 7-10. The next year, he was even worse, with a 4.95 ERA and only winning three games while losing nine.
While the contract probably wouldn’t break the bank too much now, Davis didn’t even make it to the third season of the deal. He was traded to the Orioles in 1991.