Saturday, December 11, 2010

Is 'Moneyball' ruining MLB baseball?

The Rawlings Sporting Goods Company has released the official baseball in St. Louis on October 25, 2010 that will be used for the 2010 World Series between the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants when that series begins on October 27, 2010 in San Francisco. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Jayson Werth signs for $126 Million dollars for 7 years just the other day, Carl Crawford signs a $142 Million dollar, 7 year deal with Boston. My first question is why? These two players are not the top of their class in their respective positions, nor are they what you would call true 'superstar' players in the MLB. Yet, they have inked their names to contracts that easily will triple or quadruple what they've made playing baseball to date.

Just go to baseball-reference to look up these two players. The Carl Crawford story is an interesting read. He is in no way in contention to be a Hall of Famer, and the same with Jayson Werth. Both players have made a good living playing baseball, but in no means have they set the baseball record books on fire with what they've produced. Crawford had made an estimated $31 million combined with all of his years as a professional baseball player according to BR, what makes him a $142 million dollar player in one 7 year contract now? Jayson Werth made an estimated $13.8 million in his entire career prior to signing the blockbuster contract with the Washington Nationals.

What makes these two contracts special is the reverberating effects it has on the rest of the league. Players that before these contracts were earning certain amounts now just benefited from these two 'nonsensical' signings.

Here is some of the contracts of note in the last couple years in MLB baseball:

Alex Rodriguez, $275,000,000 (2008-17)
Joe Mauer, $184,000,000 (2011-18)
Mark Teixeira, $180,000,000 (2009-16)
Troy Tulowitzki, $157,750,000 (2011-20)
Miguel Cabrera, $152,300,000 (2008-15)
Carl Crawford, $142,000,000 (2011-17)
Jayson Werth, $126,000,000 (2011-17)
Ryan Howard, $125,000,000 (2012-16)

  The only player from the above list that is an instant selection to the Hall of Fame is Alex Rodriguez. He has paved a path for himself to be one of the best baseball players to play the game. The rest of the list is comprised of some good players, but no so instant nominations to anywhere yet. 

  • What did these players produce in 2010?
  • Name, BA/HR/RBI

  • Alex Rodriguez:  .270/30/125
  • Joe Mauer:  .327/9/75
  • Mark Teixeira:  .256/33/108
  • Troy Tulowitzki:  .315/27/95
  • Miguel Cabrera:  .328/38/126
  • Carl Crawford:  .307/19/90
  • Jayson Werth:  .296/27/85
  • Ryan Howard:  .276/31/108

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