6) Worst contracts in the NL East: Starling Marte of the New York Mets
Starling Marte signed in the same offseason as Schwarber for a similar deal. The outfielder got four years and $78 million from the Mets, and like Schwarber, played a huge role in what was a successful year for New York overall. Marte was an all-star, and received MVP votes. Also like Schwarber, this year has been a different story.
The Mets outfielder is slashing .248/.301/.324 with five home runs and 28 RBI. He has stolen 24 bases which is a solid amount in just 86 games, but outside of that, his overall production is down. Even his defense has taken a large step back.
Marte has dealt with injuries, notably groin issues which are concerning considering the fact that he had double groin surgery this past offseason to help with issues that were nagging him last year. It's possible that his .625 OPS season (lower than Kody Clemens) has to do with that, but he's also 35 years old. Next season will be the true test for that.
Schwarber has found a way even amidst his own struggles to be a decent player. Marte completely fell off a cliff production-wise this season. He's set to make $19.5 million for each of the next two seasons which is slightly less than Schwarber, but their production this season can't even be compared.