Originally posted on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 6/27/12
Earlier this week, Fangraphs posted this article wondering why it is first basemen are paid so much more relative to WAR than other positions.  There's a lot of interesting discussion in the piece on the causality of all that, but what really got me thinking is the first table showing the millions of dollars per WAR by defensive position.  Specifically, it got me thinking about Mark Trumbo. Mark Trumbo is nominally a first baseman, but that is a thing of the past thanks to Albert Pujols.  That's good news because according to that post, first basemen are very high-priced.  As it currently stands, Mark is now a left fielder, he's a work in progress there, but that is where he is going to play most of his games for the rest of this season.  That's not so good news because, as the chart shows, left fielders are also very expensive, in fact, more expensive per WAR than first basemen. What we don't know is what the future holds for Trumbo's primary defensive designation.  Fortunately, ...
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