NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Even as the U.S. economy grows ever so slightly, Major League Baseball has seemingly been recession-proof, doling out massive contracts by the boatload this off-season. Players such as Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes, C.C. Sabathia and Prince Fielder received $100 million plus contracts during the off-season, with millions more payroll added throughout the American and National Leagues.
Not all of these contracts will work out for teams, especially as players age, their bodies break down and injuries become the norm, rather than the exception. Here are five contracts that may become financial albatrosses for their teams.