3. Kevin Brown (SP, Yankees, $15,714,286)
The best thing that can be said about Brown is that he has been consistent this season. He has been hit hard at home, and he has been hit hard away. Both lefties and righties get on base at about a .390 clip against Brown, a dismal stat. Well, not as dismal as his 6.51 ERA -- almost double his lifetime mark.
2. Bret Boone (2B, Twins, $9,000,000)
We would have had more sympathy for Boone when he was released by the Mariners if he weren't blowing his nose with piles of C-notes. Boone, the highest-paid second baseman in baseball -- by $1.5 million -- was hitting .234 with seven homers and 34 RBI when Seattle let him go. When the Twins picked him up (Seattle is still picking up his paycheck), Minnesota GM Terry Ryan said, "This is a high-reward, low-risk situation. I don't think there's any downside." Ah, but there is: Just playing Boone is a downside. He's hitting and slugging below the Mendoza line for the Twins.
1. Sammy Sosa (OF, Orioles, $17,875,000)
What does Sammy do best? Hit the long ball, of course. Know how much he'll take home for each dinger he hits out of Camden Yards this season? Just a shade under a million bucks, if he continues at this rate. He's hitting just .236 with 11 HR and 34 RBI. We know all about his foot problems, and we'll take him at his word. Still, he's No. 1.
Also receiving votes:
Chan Ho Park