Bryce Harper Newsbeat
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
He was worth $7.7 million per Win over Replacement **in the free agent market**. Teams don’t want to pay at that rate if they can avoid it. Smart teams usually only pay a small portion of their payroll at this rate. So, to say a player is “worth” whatever crazy price players are getting in the free agent market only really makes sense for teams with no alternative and very large revenue streams.
Last year, after Bryce Harper’s MVP season, FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine, knowing that Harper was only a few years away from free agency, tried to figure out just how much he was worth to the Nationals in 2015. Using the rough Fangraphs figure of $7.7 million per Win Over Replacement—which was the estimated market value at the time, and around where it would be now, though as always it’s complicated—Paine argued that Harper, who had just put together a 9.7 WAR season, one of the 100 best seasons of all-time (at the age of 23!), was worth $75.4 million. Just in the 2015 season. Paine concluded that, because of the escalating baseball salaries and MLB’s salary structure system artificially pushing down the pay of players under team control, Harper, who made only $2.5 million in 2015, had earned the Nationals $72.9 million in free production, the highest single-season total in baseball history. (The next three highest totals were all Mike Trout, in 2012, 2013 and 2015.)
Posted: December 07, 2016 at 02:23 PM | 4 comment(s)
Monday, December 05, 2016
I can’t imagine that Bryce is a great singer so it’s no surprise that they balked at this record deal.
Harper, according to the executive, is asking for a record deal that will exceed 10 years in length, and likely pay him in excess of $400 million.
Agent Scott Boras says the only active negotiations of late have involved a one-year deal in 2017. Harper, who made $5 million last season, is eligible for salary arbitration, and Boras seemed mystified by the Nationals’ stance.
Posted: December 05, 2016 at 03:59 PM | 67 comment(s)
Thursday, September 22, 2016
“Bryce said it didn’t come from him. Nobody really knows where it comes from because it’s not on the injury report,” Baker said. “The trainer said no.”
According to multiple people familiar with the situation, Rizzo commandeered Baker’s office for an informal deposition after the report came out Tuesday. He brought in Harper and trainer Paul Lessard, hoping to learn whether there was some issue Harper had not told them about. If not, they hoped to identify the source of the information.
Rizzo asked Harper if the reports were true, and Harper said they were not, according to a person familiar with the situation,who also said Lessard told Rizzo and Baker he had treated no shoulder issue since the stiff neck cost Harper five games in August. All of that reinforces, with more detail, what Baker and Rizzo told reporters Tuesday.
Posted: September 22, 2016 at 11:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Barring a significant slide over the last quarter of the schedule, Trout is going to join an exclusive club with this metronomic stat line. Since the dawn of the 20th century, only nine others have strung together at least five consecutive qualifying seasons with an OPS+ of 160 or better. Here is the impressive list in reverse chronological order.
Barry Bonds 1990-98, 2000-04
Frank Thomas 1991-97
Stan Musial 1948-54
Johnny Mize 1936-40
Lou Gehrig 1927-37
Babe Ruth 1918-24, ‘26-‘34
Rogers Hornsby 1920-25
Ty Cobb 1907-19
Honus Wagner 1902-09
(Ted Williams likely would be on this list if not for his military service. He topped the 160 mark while qualifying for the batting title in each of his first eight seasons, which were interrupted by three seasons lost to World War II. It’s also possible that others are in the same boat, including Charlie Keller, who hit the mark from 1941-43 and again in ‘45 after a year away).
Not only would Trout be just the third player in the past 70 years to accomplish this feat, but he also is doing it while playing a premium defensive position—and in his age 20-24 seasons (he turned 25 on Aug. 7). Only Cobb, more than a century ago, has had five qualifying 160 OPS+ seasons at such a young age. Only Cobb and Williams can top Trout’s career OPS+ of 169 up to this point (minimum 2,000 plate appearances). And of course, Trout is more than just a good hitter, as he is closing in on Cobb’s record of 46.7 wins above replacement by the end of the age-24 season.
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