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And what was a WAR going for during those years?
War, huh, yeah
What is it good for?
Say it again, y'all.
Fangraphs uses ~47 wins. I think BBRef uses ~52 wins.
Edit: Actually I think maybe Fangraphs is closer to 52 wins these days as well.
They settled in the middle ... I think it was 44 and 52 and is now 48 ... anyway, average player is about 2.2 WAR now.
But even with the salaries jumping they are still, 12+ years later,lower than A-Rod's first deal let along his second. He still is the only guy to get a $250+ million contract and he got two of them. Next highest is Pujols at $240 million, then Votto at $225 and Prince Fielder at $214.
Wow, I knew this. No idea why I forgot or made such a poor guess. A-Rod made $185M over 7 years under his first deal (actually less if you adjust for the NPV of deferring $40M at only 2%). He was worth 56 WAR over that span (8 WAR a year), at a cost of $3.3M per WAR. $3.3M per WAR works out to an average team payroll of $110M, so im amazed he still looks overpaid. What am I missing?
Sometimes you wonder how Hicks made his money in the first place.
There simply hasn't been a FA comparable in age and ability to Arod in 2001 since Arod in 2001, and there isn't likely to be one unless Trout or Harper forgo extensions to test free agency.
I like prince and appreciate what he did in Milwaukee but boy if 2013 isn't a one season aberration that contract is going to look pretty howardy pretty quick
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