There was much uproar this offseason over how long it took for superstars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado to sign deals, but in the end, they both netted contracts worth at least $300 million.
Unfortunately, neither has lived up to the hype this year. The pair missed out on the All-Star Game, and media members have begun to worry that the less than stellar early return on their gargantuan contracts will harm future free agents and the MLB's Player Association.
Both of their contracts look like massive albatrosses right now. Harper ranks second in the NL in strikeouts and Machado has only recently begun to shake off the rust of a sluggish start. Neither player looks like the superstar their respective teams thought they were signing.
This, of course, spells danger for the future. Having watched these two underwhelm, teams may be hesitant to shell out big bucks for star players again, and perhaps be less inclined to offer lengthy deals such as the 10 or 13-year deals Machado and Harper inked respectively.