Baseball players getting wildly overpaid is a modern-era phenomenon, born from free agency and George Steinbrenner's checkbook. There's no shortage of examples, but don't expect to see any names here dating before 1974. Back then, wads of money weren't being thrown at anybody, regardless of merit. Now, players enter contract years knowing full well they may strike it rich with one well-timed season. More often, general managers like the Yankees' Brian Cashman regret these pacts just four or five months after the ink dries. (That would be you, Alex Rodríguez.) One hard-and-fast rule: nobody admits publicly to a mistake until the next GM takes charge. Until now. Here's a look at the most egregious examples on the Yankees, as explained in Filip Bondy's book Who's on Worst?