Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 8/26/13
One of our readers sent me a link to an article by Dave Cameron of FanGraphs who asked, How much would you pay for one year of Mike Trout? Yes, yes, yes, it’s a completely speculative piece and the question is hypothetical, but here him out… Recently, I was asked what I think turns out to be a pretty interesting thought experiment: if Mike Trout was released by the Angels and became a free agent, but decided he did not want to sign long term with any other team and simply preferred to go year to year instead, where would the bidding war for a single year of Trout’s services end up? This question gets at a lot of different points, many of them kind of fascinating. What percentage of a team’s total payroll can be allocated to one player while still leaving enough flexibility to put a contender around a superstar? Is a team better off allocating a majority of their available dollars to a few premium assets, then using low-cost filler to round out the roster, or by spreading their money...
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