The 5 Most Expensive Underachieving Teams

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Blue Jays

When the Los Angeles Dodgers aquired Hanley Ramirez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez in a trade mid-way through last season, nearly everyone thought they were a lock for the playoffs. They didn't make it. So the team went out this past off-season and nabbed starting pitcher Zack Grienke and shortstop Skip Schumaker to add to their already star-studded lineup.

Fly north and east to Toronto, where the Blue Jays made some big moves themselves. They inked N.L. Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey to a deal.  They reeled in Mark Buerhle and Jose Reyes. The Dodgers and Jays have gone all-in by collecting superstars and hoping they produce.

Yet you need only to look to a basketball team in Los Angeles to see the negative result of throwing a bunch of superstars on a team together and praying to Zeus that it works. As the L.A. Lakers flounder through the 2012-2013 NBA season, we take a look back at some of the most talented (and most expensive) teams that didn't live up to anything near their potential.



Jordan Zirm Jordan Zirm - Jordan Zirm is an Associate Content Director for STACK. After earning his BS in Journalism from the University of Missouri, he spent time writing for "Cleveland Scene Magazine" and Complex Media before joining STACK.
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