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John Smoltz

Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz already had a long and illustrious career when his team decided to extend his contract for another three years in 2007. The contract guaranteed him $14 million for 2008, as well as $13 million if he completed 200 innings in 2009.

Smoltz was put on the disabled list in April 2008 due to an inflamed right shoulder. He stayed there for the rest of 2008, leading Forbes magazine to conclude that the injury sidelined him for almost three quarters of the season, costing the team more than $10 million.

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