WAR...What is it good for?
First, let’s define WAR for those who may be unaware. WAR, or Wins Above Replacement, is a non-standardized sabermetric statistic used to measure how many more wins a given player would afford his team as opposed to a replacement at a given position.
In essence, it is a statistic that makes it possible to compare pitchers to hitters/positional players on a level playing field.
WAR values are scaled equally for hitters and pitchers, and the actual figure can be calculated in many ways. For the purpose of this article, I will be referring to Fangraphs' particular rendering.
For a basis of comparison, the player with the highest WAR rating right now is David Wright of the New York Mets, with a 5.0 WAR. Wright has played in 83 games and has 108 hits, 11 home runs, 57 runs scored, 59 RBI and nine stolen bases.
His batting line is impressive: 353/.443/.565/1.008 with a .390 BABIP.
This article is based on WAR ratings as of July 14, 2012 prior to any games played. Here are the 25 worst players in baseball. Keep in mind, these are starters, not players who come off the bench or seventh-inning pitchers.