Baseball Players – A Mid-Season Look at Relative Values

Now that the All Star game has come and gone with all the related hoopla/controversy, let’s take a look at the business side of the top players. Which ones produce the most “bang for the buck”?

Obviously, none of these statistics are official, but intended as an interesting way to look at things. I found a website, that employs a fairly simple philosophy to look at relative value of the players.

Using their methodology, the player with the most value to his team, relative to his cost, is Andrew McCutchen with the Pirates. In fact, it’s not even close. The rest of the top 5 include: Jhoulys Chacin, Alex Avila, Gio Gonzalez and Gaby Sanchez.

Now to the dark side. The players with the worst value to their team in this simple, financial-only glance, are: John Lackey, Adam Dunn, Aubrey Huff, Magglio Ordonez and Justin Morneau.

This obviously doesn’t value any intangibles, but is an interesting way to look at things. In future posts, I’ll go through the cost of home runs, wins and the most efficient teams.