In early 2009, stories and evidence began to emerge indicating that Dykstra's financial empire was in a tailspin. A GQ article by Kevin P. Coughlin , a former photo editor for the New York Post , detailed Coughlin's 67-day employment with Dykstra producing The Players Club , a magazine geared toward athletes and their expensive lifestyles. It portrayed Dykstra in an unflattering light, as Coughlin detailed incidents and accused Dykstra of credit card fraud , failure to pay rent on the magazine's Park Avenue offices or for bounced checks , lawsuits and printing costs. 
“Twenty-five million dollars!” he said, answering his own question. “Twenty-five million!” He was referring to the final contract of his career. In 1993, bulked to dimensions approaching a fire hydrant, Dykstra had gone to the plate more times (773) than anyone in the century-long history of professional baseball. He led the National League in hits, walks, at bats, and runs scored, and set career highs in home runs, RBIs, doubles, stolen bases, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. He finished second to Barry Bonds as the league’s Most Valuable Player. And the Phillies rewarded him with a four-year, $ million contract, giving him another baseball record: the highest-paid leadoff hitter ever. It was one of the worst deals in Phillies history: He quickly broke down physically, and never played another full season.