The baseball market is an interesting place, poisoned by the once outlandish claims of the Yankees and the overall change in player value these days. We fear giving players contracts for the short term in their old age, yet we will gladly sign stars well into their late thirties at ridiculous salaries to get them in their prime. I could go on about my issues with the way players are valued these days, but I wanted to focus on two specific men. Take a look at these combined stats from 2010-2012 of two different players.
Player A: 39-28, 2.95 E.R.A. with 8 CG and 4 SHO. 616.2 IP, 559 H allowed, 225 R (202 ER), 55 HR, 150 BB, 468 K, 1.150 WHIP, 8.2 H/9, 0.8 HR/9, 2.2 BB/9.
Player B: 41-25, 3.83 E.R.A., with 3 CG and 0 SHO. 604.0 IP, 580 H allowed, 280 R (257 ER), 55 HR, 154 BB, 582 K, 1.215 WHIP, 8.6 H/9, 0.8 HR/9, 2.3 BB/9.
Did you figure it out? Here’s a hint. Player A is under contract to his team for $5 MM next year, while Player B just netted himself a six-year, $147 MM contract. ...