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Earlier today Frank Gray wrote a piece about the Mets’ decision to sign Shaun Marcumrather than Chris Young. Never my favorite pitcher to begin with, Young didn’t endear himself to me in his time in Queens, so I agreed with the article’s conclusion. But Frank’s piece got me thinking about a different angle on basically the same topic. Why Marcum over Mike Pelfrey?
First, let’s start off with the contracts that both pitchers signed. Each got a one-year deal with a $4 million base salary. Each has incentives built into their contracts. Pelfrey can earn an additional $1.5 million based on IP, as he receives a bonus starting at 150 IP. Marcum also has an incentive-laden deal, but he can earn up to an additional $4 million. He earns extra money based on two separate criteria: Innings and being on the roster without an injury to his right arm.
Here’s how much each player would have earned each year since Pelfrey became a full-time player in 2008, assuming they played each year under the t...
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