Baseball is all about getting the best bang for your buck.
Front offices spend countless hours determining a player’s worth and how much that player should earn each season. Sometimes they overpay for a star and sometimes a player who has yet to earn a big league contract exceeds expectations. In the latter case, the team gets great value since it's paying a little for a lot.
In the following slides, you’ll find the player on each team with the best and worst penny-for-penny contract values. What that means is the player who earns little but has played well and the player who earns a lot but hasn’t been producing.
For the purpose of this article, we’ll be discussing just 2013 information. That means the salaries for 2013 (not the full contract values) and the statistics for 2013 (not statistics throughout each player’s full contract).
Obviously, we’re less than a month away from the end of the first half, meaning there’s still plenty of time for things to change. This isn’t to say that a player won’t live up to his deal or not. It’s about comparing a chunk of his salary for the year to how well or poorly he’s played to this point in the season.
Also, players who have been injured for most of the season weren’t taken into consideration. Yes, Alex Rodriguez is getting a lot of money in 2013, but he hasn’t played in one game for the Yankees.
Do not expect to see Rodriguez on this list. He is on the payroll and he does get paid, but it wouldn’t be fair to judge someone who hasn’t played. The same goes for those who have rarely taken the field this year. Position players who’ve experienced minor injuries (missing less than 25 games) were considered and pitchers who missed time (at my discretion) were considered as well.
So, which players have been playing better than their salary shows and which players are getting paid a ton and don’t have much to show from it in 2013? Ahead lies the answer for each team in Major League Baseball.
All contract information in this article was obtained via Cot’s Contracts. All statistics in this article were obtained via FanGraphs unless otherwise noted. All injury information was obtained via Baseball Prospectus.