Here are some things I found somewhat interesting clicking through the new player pages:
- Young stars in baseball get hosed. Ryan Zimmerman for instance has given the Nationals $49.8 million in value while getting paid just over $4 million, including his draft signing bonus. Elijah Dukes was third on the team with $12.6m in value while getting paid just over the league minimum at $400k.
- Zimm's 2007 was the most valuable season by a National since 2005 at $21.7m. Nick Johnson's 2006 is next at $18.4, followed by Soriano's '06 at $17.3.
- Six veterans (Felipe Lopez, Wily Mo Pena, Rob Mackowiak, Aaron Boone, Lo Duca, and Estrada) cost a combined $15m while providing a total of $13m less than replacement level value. Subtract the $2.4m that six replacement guys would cost, and you're looking at a total net loss of $25.6m on these six mistakes, almost half the Nationals '08 $54.9m payroll.
- In his CBOY year of 2007, Dmitri Young gave us a very strong $8.3 million in value for the cheap cheap rate of $500,000. There isn't a better example of Jim getting production from the bargain bin in his time in DC. But last year we paid him $5 million and got just $1.8 million in value. Next year we're committed to paying him another $5 million, and in what now seems like a pretty likely scenario that he doesn't play much or at all, the three-year Dmitri Young experience could come out to a net loss, despite the incredible value he was in 2007.
- Paul Lo Duca and Johnny Estrada were paid a combined $6.3 million in 2008 and provided $1.6 million less value than replacement. Meanwhile, Wil Nieves and Jesus Flores gave a combined $7m in value for less than a million between them.
- Cristian Guzman's 4-year, $16.8 million contract provided a whopping $3.2 million in value over the first three seasons (he was $2.6m less valuable than replacement in '05). But his all-star season of 2008 provided $14.4 million, for a total of $17.6m over the life of the contract. In other words, that much-maligned contract actually turned out to be a fair value.
- Alfonso Soriano gave the Cubs $12.3m in value last year for $14m in salary. Imagine what an albatross he'll be at $18m at age 38 in 2014.
- Of the four position players involved in the Austin Kearns deal in 2006, Brendan Harris provided the most net value in 2007-08, giving the Rays and Twins $13.8m of value for $800k. Kearns provided the most gross value at
$19.6m for the price of $8.5m (he is still owed $8m for 2009). Felipe Lopez provided $6.7m of value for the price of $8.8m.
- Ronnie Belliard has given us $16.9m in value over the last two seasons for the price of $2.6m.
- The most valuable National of all in 2008? You know the answer--Super Willie Harris at a $15.4 million for the low, low price of $800k. And why did it only cost $3m to resign him for two years? MLB undervaluing defense.