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Friday, September 06, 2019

The 20 most valuable players in baseball (and this list might surprise you)

But then the other day I was at Costco and saw the word “value” over and over again flanking cookies and beer, and it made me wonder if we should be framing the MVP debate in a new way….

But it’s hard to talk about “value” and not look at which players are providing the most bang for the buck. Or, if it makes you more comfortable, which players are most criminally underpaid. It’s reasonable to think this way because arriving at X — where X is the most value and value is determined by wins — while constrained by Y — where Y is the money you are allowed to spend on X — is what general managers do for a living. Another way to think of the list below is that if for some reason these players were available in trade, they would command a king’s ransom, a queen’s ransom and all the best dogs in the city.

So, without further ado, here are baseball’s 20 players that provide the most bang for the buck….

Three of the Dodgers’ best players — Cody Bellinger (No. 1 on the list), Walker Buehler (No. 6) and Max Muncy (No. 9) — are also their least expensive. (All three earn a little over $1.5 million combined.) That’s insanely valuable, and it allowed the Dodgers to shell out big bucks for veteran aces like Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-jin Ryu, who will both figure in Cy Young voting.

Should salary factor in Most Valuable Player (to an owner’s bottom line)?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 06, 2019 at 12:52 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. flournoy Posted: September 06, 2019 at 01:08 PM (#5877153)
Should salary factor in Most Valuable Player (to an owner’s bottom line)?


No. Players shouldn't get awards for being underpaid, they should get raises.
   2. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 06, 2019 at 01:13 PM (#5877154)
bah.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 06, 2019 at 01:21 PM (#5877158)
#7 WILL SHOCK YOU!!!
   4. Itchy Row Posted: September 06, 2019 at 01:26 PM (#5877160)
Get around the paywall with one WEIRD trick!
   5. flournoy Posted: September 06, 2019 at 01:45 PM (#5877171)
I admit that I'm a bit amused by how tone-deaf it would be to say to someone, "Congratulations, you were the most underpaid player in the league this year! Here's a trophy."
   6. TJ Posted: September 06, 2019 at 02:40 PM (#5877195)
Should salary factor in Most Valuable Player (to an owner’s bottom line)?


Looks like a new excuse for someone not to vote for Mike Trout...
   7. Walt Davis Posted: September 06, 2019 at 04:39 PM (#5877240)
Really? Somebody who works for the Athletic only had the thought that "value" might have something to do with WAR/$ for the first time the other day? Somebody who writes for the Athletic was unaware of fangraphs' annual "trade value" list?
   8. Rally Posted: September 06, 2019 at 04:42 PM (#5877241)
Nope. Having productive cheap players is not what allows the Dodgers to spend big on superstar pitching. Their revenue does that. They were quite capable of spending big on star pitchers even back a few years ago when they were paying big bigs for modest or little production from guys like Crawford, Gonzalez, Ethier, and Kemp.
   9. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 06, 2019 at 04:43 PM (#5877242)
I admit that I'm a bit amused by how tone-deaf it would be to say to someone, "Congratulations, you were the most underpaid player in the league this year! Here's a trophy."
Only if you consider it awkward to have to walk around with a trophy jammed up your ass for the rest of the day.
   10. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 06, 2019 at 04:50 PM (#5877245)
It's really disappointing that someone who wrote such a good book can then turn around and write such a bad column.
   11. Brian C Posted: September 06, 2019 at 05:28 PM (#5877259)
I keep hearing about how great The Athletic is and how I should subscribe but too often I keep running across stupid articles like this.
   12. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: September 06, 2019 at 05:55 PM (#5877266)
Nope... clickbait headlines don't surprise me at all.

I keep hearing about how great The Athletic is and how I should subscribe but too often I keep running across stupid articles like this.


It's really disappointing that someone who wrote such a good book can then turn around and write such a bad column.


IMO The Athletic is already (over the past 2-3 months or so) palpably shifting toward more clickbaity articles at the expense of actual journalism. I hope it's just a blip or an error in my perception, but it's entirely possible that she was told to write this kind of piece. Which in turn means it's entirely possible The Athletic is already running low on investment capital and trying to crank out clicks to attract more.
   13. Red Voodooin Posted: September 06, 2019 at 07:47 PM (#5877275)
Clickbait doesn't really seem like it works when the content is behind a paywall. A clickbaity headline might inapire clicks, but I don't believe it is going to encourage subscriptions.
   14. cardsfanboy Posted: September 06, 2019 at 08:43 PM (#5877278)
can't read the article, but this is not the first time anyone has made this basic point. It's a fun way to look at players and 'value' but obviously, it's an idiotic way to look at voting for the MVP.
   15. TVerik - Dr. Velocity Posted: September 06, 2019 at 09:38 PM (#5877285)
I believe salary is at least somewhat responsible for the Yankee mini-dynasty twenty years ago. The Core Four got expensive after 2000, and the team wasn't the same.
   16. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 06, 2019 at 11:21 PM (#5877338)
Salary should absolutely not be taken into account when voting for awards. Also, whether or not players have bonuses in their contracts for awards should not be taken into account for voting.

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