Cubs: Ranking the 7 worst contracts in the NL Central

The NL Central doesn't have as many bad contracts as other divisions, but there are a few that really stand out - and not in a good way.

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Cubs: Ranking the 7 worst contracts in the NL Central - #2: Adam Wainwright

Man, I bet Adam Wainwright wishes he would have just rode off into the sunset with Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina last fall. Instead, he decided to run it back one last time and get shellacked every five days as a member of the worst Cardinals team he's ever been a part of.

Just two wins shy of 200 for his career, the veteran right-hander has a 7.81 ERA on the year - and getting two more victories could actually prove difficult. He's made only 14 starts this season and, by all indications, Wainwright is just out of gas at this point.

Regardless, he's a Cardinals legend. A four-time Cy Young finalist, three-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger and a Gold Glover - not to mention a World Series champion - Wainwright's resume speaks for itself. But that's in the past and the $17.5 million he's getting paid this year looks is just John Mozeliak paying for what he's done in the past, not what he's capable of doing today, at nearly 42 years of age.

St. Louis and Pittsburgh seem destined to duke it out for the title of worst team in the NL Central and instead of one last glorious October run, Wainwright will putter through the rest of the summer and unceremoniously watch his 18-year career draw to a close.