Major League disappointments

A look back at big-money New York Yankees pitchers who were unable to live up to their massive contracts.

PHILADELPHIA - FILE: A.J. Burnett #34 of the New York Yankees hangs his head dejected in the dugout after he was taken out of the game in the bottom of the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Five of the 2009 MLB World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 2, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. According to reports February 17, 2012, The New York Yankees and the Pittsburg Pirates have agreed to a trade that would send Burnett to the Pirates for minor league Diego Moreno and outfielder Exicardo Cayones pending approval of the commissioner's office. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
FILE: Yankees And Pirates Agree to Burnett Trade
PHILADELPHIA - FILE: A.J. Burnett #34 of the New York Yankees hangs his head dejected in the dugout after he was taken out of the game in the bottom of the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Five of the 2009 MLB World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 2, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. According to reports February 17, 2012, The New York Yankees and the Pittsburg Pirates have agreed to a trade that would send Burnett to the Pirates for minor league Diego Moreno and outfielder Exicardo Cayones pending approval of the commissioner's office. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
New York Yankees' Javier Vazquez during the sixth inning of the baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Baseball disappointments
New York Yankees' Javier Vazquez during the sixth inning of the baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
In this Sept. 8, 2008 file photo, New York Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano reacts after a balk to allow Los Angeles Angels' Mike Napoli to advance to second base during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. The Yankees haven't been mathematically eliminated since Sept. 27, 1993, when Bill Clinton was a first-year president and gasoline averaged about $1.13 per gallon. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
Baseball disappointments
In this Sept. 8, 2008 file photo, New York Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano reacts after a balk to allow Los Angeles Angels' Mike Napoli to advance to second base during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. The Yankees haven't been mathematically eliminated since Sept. 27, 1993, when Bill Clinton was a first-year president and gasoline averaged about $1.13 per gallon. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
New York Yankees pitcher Kevin Brown makes an underhand toss to first on Kevin Lamb's infield chopper in the Yankees 7-4 win over the Houston Astros, Sunday, March 27, 2005, at Legends Field in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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New York Yankees pitcher Kevin Brown makes an underhand toss to first on Kevin Lamb's infield chopper in the Yankees 7-4 win over the Houston Astros, Sunday, March 27, 2005, at Legends Field in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Yankees pitcher Denny Neagle, right, rolls the baseball between his hands as he awaits a visit by pitching coach Billy Connors during the third inning of their game with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Wednesday night Sept. 27, 2000 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Neagle left the game after finishing the inning. He gave up five-runs on three hits. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Baseball disappointments
New York Yankees pitcher Denny Neagle, right, rolls the baseball between his hands as he awaits a visit by pitching coach Billy Connors during the third inning of their game with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Wednesday night Sept. 27, 2000 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Neagle left the game after finishing the inning. He gave up five-runs on three hits. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
New York Yankees pitcher Kenny Rogers reacts after giving up a home run to Baltimore Orioles' Jerome Walton in the fifth inning at Camden Yards September 13. It was the third home run of the game Rogers gave up as the Orioles went on to win 6-1.
Baseball disappointments
New York Yankees pitcher Kenny Rogers reacts after giving up a home run to Baltimore Orioles' Jerome Walton in the fifth inning at Camden Yards September 13. It was the third home run of the game Rogers gave up as the Orioles went on to win 6-1.

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