MLB Moneyball Power Rankings: Who's Overpaying the Most Entering Free Agency?

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2018

MLB Moneyball Power Rankings: Who's Overpaying the Most Entering Free Agency?

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    The Moneyball philosophy and ever-growing implementation of sabermetrics have had a profound impact on the way MLB teams are assembled.

    Whether we're talking about a small-market club facing a payroll crunch or a large-market team with a seemingly endless cash flow, baseball is still a business.

    It's all about getting the most value out of players, whether they're pre-arbitration guys contributing at young ages or big-money stars living up to their lofty paychecks.

    So, which club got the most bang for its buck in 2018?

    That's what I set out to answer.        

                      

    Note: The preseason version of this article can be found here.

Methodology

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    There are a lot of numbers to digest in the following article, so allow me to first offer an explanation.

    Total Net Value was the ultimate determining factor in where each team landed in the rankings and was calculated as follows:

    Step 1: To start, I found each player's WAR total for the 2018 season, courtesy of Baseball Reference.

    Step 2: Based on the FanGraphs value system, 1.0 WAR was again worth around $8 million in 2018.

    So from there, each player's WAR from Step 1 was multiplied by eight to give us the player's 2018 value in millions of dollars.

    Step 3: Each player's 2018 salary was then subtracted from his 2018 value, resulting in his 2018 net value. Player salaries came from the team pages of Spotrac.

    • Formula: (2018 WAR x 8) - 2018 salary = net value

    From there, the cumulative net values of all players who were part of the MLB payroll at any point in 2018 were totaled to determine each team's total net value.

    Included is a look at each team's five best and five worst values, along with a few bulleted points for each team that consist of notable observations.

    For those of you looking for a complete picture of your favorite team, a full breakdown can be found here in the form of a downloadable Microsoft Excel document.

30. Baltimore Orioles

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    Kevin Gausman
    Kevin GausmanMitchell Layton/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: -$38.234 million

                   

    5 Best Values

    • SP Kevin Gausman: +$15.467 million
    • SS Manny Machado: +$13.566 million
    • RP Richard Bleier: +$12.244 million
    • 2B Jonathan Villar: +$9.55 million
    • 3B Renato Nunez: +$9.386 million

                 

    5 Worst Values

    • 1B Chris Davis: -$43.519 million
    • CF Adam Jones: -$15.733 million
    • SP Chris Tillman: -$11.8 million
    • DH Mark Trumbo: -$8.6 million
    • RP Evan Phillips: -$5.688 million

              

    Notes

    • Chris Davis was by far the worst value in all of baseball. The 32-year-old hit .168/.243/.296 for a brutal 50 OPS+ and minus-2.8 WAR while earning $21.12 million. To make matters worse, he's still owed another $84.48 million over the next four years.
    • Reliever Richard Bleier wound up as the most valuable player not traded as part of the summer fire sale. The left-hander pitched to a sterling 1.93 ERA with nine holds in 31 appearances for 1.6 WAR. He's not a franchise cornerstone, but the 31-year-old has been a nice surprise as a late bloomer.
    • Starter Dylan Bundy (+$1.56M) and reliever Mychal Givens (+$2.63M) are two players who could be on the move this offseason. Both are capable of more than they showed in 2018 and carry team control through the 2021 campaign.

29. San Francisco Giants

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    Dereck Rodriguez
    Dereck RodriguezJason O. Watson/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: -$34.441 million

                         

    5 Best Values

    • SP Dereck Rodriguez: +$17.231 million
    • SP Derek Holland: +$11.85 million
    • RP Reyes Moronta: +$11.455 million
    • RP Tony Watson: +$11.4 million
    • CF Steven Duggar: +$8.551 million

                                   

    5 Worst Values

    • OF Hunter Pence: -$25.7 million
    • SP Jeff Samardzija: -$25.4 million
    • RP Mark Melancon: -$19.2 million
    • SP Johnny Cueto: -$12.2 million
    • CF Austin Jackson: -$11.229 million

               

    Notes

    • What a find Dereck Rodriguez turned out to be for the Giants. The 26-year-old signed as a minor league free agent after spending the first four seasons of his pro career in the Minnesota Twins organization, and he went on to post a 2.81 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 118.1 innings as a rookie.
    • Despite middling numbers, Evan Longoria (+$3.20M) was a positive net value in his first season with the Giants. However, he'll get increasingly more expensive over the next four seasons, so there's a good chance he slips into the red before his contract is up.   
    • In a tough season overall, the bullpen was a bright spot. The relief corps finished 11th in the majors with a 3.79 ERA, and there were a number of standouts, led by rookie Reyes Moronta, who racked up a 2.49 ERA and 10.9 K/9 with 12 holds in 69 appearances. Veterans Tony Watson, Sam Dyson (+$5.98M) and Will Smith (+$5.50M) also provided solid value.

28. Miami Marlins

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    J.T. Realmuto
    J.T. RealmutoMark Brown/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: -$21.683 million

                  

    5 Best Values

    • C J.T. Realmuto: +$31.5 million
    • 3B/RF Brian Anderson: +$31.0 million
    • UT Miguel Rojas: +$18.02 million
    • 2B Starlin Castro: +$15.543 million
    • SS JT Riddle: +$10.025 million

                               

    5 Worst Values

    • SP Wei-Yin Chen: -$16 million
    • RP Junichi Tazawa: -$15 million
    • 3B Martin Prado: -$11.1 million
    • OF Magneuris Sierra: -$10.601 million
    • RP Tayron Guerrero: -$10.145 million

                  

    Notes

    • It's no surprise to see J.T. Realmuto as the best value on a rebuilding Marlins roster. The 27-year-old led all catchers with 4.3 WAR, and he's still two years removed from free agency. It's looking increasingly likely he'll be playing elsewhere in 2019, and the subsequent prospect haul could be huge.
    • Wei-Yin Chen turned four slightly above-average seasons with the Baltimore Orioles into an ill-advised five-year, $80 million deal from the Marlins. Three years in, he's pitched a total of 289.2 innings with a 4.75 ERA and minus-0.3 WAR. The signing looked like an overpay at the time, and it's only gotten worse.
    • Brian Anderson was quietly consistent as a rookie, posting a 115 OPS+ with 34 doubles, 11 home runs and a .357 on-base percentage. He looks like one of the few building blocks on the roster and won't even be arbitration-eligible until after the 2020 season.

27. Detroit Tigers

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    Michael Fiers
    Michael FiersDavid Maxwell/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: +$8.579 million

              

    5 Best Values

    • SP Mike Fiers: +$19.006 million
    • RF Nicholas Castellanos: +$17.15 million
    • SP Matthew Boyd: +$16.238 million
    • 3B Jeimer Candelario: +$15.452 million
    • OF JaCoby Jones: +$15.451 million

                 

    5 Worst Values

    • DH Victor Martinez: -$27.6 million
    • 1B Miguel Cabrera: -$25.2 million
    • SP Jordan Zimmermann: -$19.2 million
    • IF Ronny Rodriguez: -$7.514 million
    • OF Victor Reyes: -$6.945 million

                                       

    Notes

    • The Tigers did well to sign Mike Fiers and Leonys Martin (+$12.43M) to low-cost deals in free agency, then flip them for prospects at the July and August deadlines. Expect a similar approach this winter as they continue rebuilding.
    • The retirement of Victor Martinez will free up $18 million and allow Miguel Cabrera to move into the full-time designated hitter role. Cabrera, 35, suffered a ruptured biceps tendon after playing just 38 games in 2018. He's still owed a whopping $154 million over the next five years.
    • Nicholas Castellanos provided good value thanks to his reasonable salary ($6.05 million) and excellent offensive production (130 OPS+, 74 XBH). However, with free agency looming after the 2019 season, he looks like a prime candidate to be dealt this winter.

26. San Diego Padres

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    Hunter Renfroe
    Hunter RenfroeDenis Poroy/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: +$15.351 million

             

    5 Best Values

    • OF Hunter Renfroe: +$18.646 million
    • RP Kirby Yates: +$14.937 million
    • 3B/OF Wil Myers: +$14.7 million
    • 3B Christian Villanueva: +$13.851 million
    • RF Franmil Reyes: +$12.46 million

                    

    5 Worst Values

    • 3B Chase Headley: -$16.7 million
    • SP Clayton Richard: -$11.8 million
    • RP Phil Hughes: -$10.613 million
    • SP Jacob Nix: -$10.552 million
    • 1B Eric Hosmer: -$9.8 million

                  

    Notes

    • It was a rough first season in San Diego for Eric Hosmer, who signed a massive eight-year, $144 million deal. He'll earn $21 million in each of the next four seasons before his salary drops to $13 million in a front-loaded deal, so he could take up residence on the "worst values" list for the foreseeable future.
    • That said, Chase Headley ($13.5 million), Phil Hughes ($9.013 million) and Freddy Galvis ($6.825 million) were the highest earners on the roster behind Hosmer, and all three will be off the books in 2019. In other words, the team is by no means hamstrung financially.
    • The Padres have some decisions to make in the outfield with Hunter Renfroe, Franmil Reyes, Manuel Margot (+$11.44M), Travis Jankowski (+$8.34M) and Franchy Cordero (+$0.25M) all battling for time. Don't be surprised if at least one of those guys is moved this offseason.

25. Kansas City Royals

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    Whit Merrifield
    Whit MerrifieldDuane Burleson/Associated Press

    Total Net Value: +$18.747 million

                 

    5 Best Values

    • 2B Whit Merrifield: +$43.43 million
    • SP Brad Keller: +$27.455 million
    • SS Adalberto Mondesi: +$25.289 million
    • 3B Mike Moustakas: +$13.222 million
    • C Salvador Perez: +$10.5 million

                 

    5 Worst Values

    • SP Jason Hammel: -$21.8 million
    • RP Blaine Boyer: -$15.4 million
    • RP Brandon Maurer: -$12.55 million
    • RP Justin Grimm: -$12.45 million
    • SP Ian Kennedy: -$11.2 million

                         

    Notes

    • Whit Merrifield led the majors in hits (192) and steals (45) while hitting .304/.367/.438 on his way to 5.5 WAR. The 29-year-old has team control through the 2022 season and won't be arbitration-eligible for the first time until next offseason, making him an attractive trade chip for multiple contenders.
    • Rule 5 selection Brad Keller proved to be one of the best under-the-radar finds of the offseason. The former Arizona Diamondbacks prospect went 9-6 with a 3.08 ERA in 140.1 innings spanning 20 starts and 21 relief appearances. His 6.2 K/9 were far from elite, but his 3.55 FIP is a promising precursor to sustainability.
    • Alex Gordon (-$0.8M) was the highest-paid player on the team with a $20 million salary, yet he was essentially a push from a value standpoint thanks to a slight rebound offensively and his usual stellar defense. He's owed another $20 million in 2019 and holds a $23 million mutual option with a $4 million buyout for 2020 before reaching free agency.

24. Toronto Blue Jays

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    Kevin Pillar
    Kevin PillarTom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

    Net Value: +$29.684 million

             

    5 Best Values

    • CF Kevin Pillar: +$16.75 million
    • RF Randal Grichuk: +$14.8 million
    • 1B Justin Smoak: +$14.275 million
    • SP Ryan Borucki: +$13.345 million
    • RP Seunghwan Oh: +$10.88 million

                    

    5 Worst Values

    • SS Troy Tulowitzki: -$20 million
    • 3B Josh Donaldson: -$17.867 million
    • SP Jaime Garcia: -$12.8 million
    • IF Yangervis Solarte: -$9.725 million
    • C Russell Martin: -$9.6 million

                                 

    Notes

    • The Blue Jays did well by adding former St. Louis Cardinals players to the roster last offseason. Randal Grichuk, Seunghwan Oh and Aledmys Diaz (+$9.2M) all provided excellent value on a team that was largely lacking in that department.
    • Not long ago, the starting pitching trio of Aaron Sanchez ($3.7M), Marcus Stroman (-$4.9M) and Marco Estrada (-$8.2M) was helping lead this team to the postseason. The slide has been a precipitous one.
    • With the focus shifting to rebuilding, guys like Ryan Borucki, Thomas Pannone (+$5.96M), Danny Jansen (+$5.45M), and Rowdy Tellez (+$3.12M) are names to know, and they'll soon be joined by uber-prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and a handful of other exciting young talents.

23. Chicago White Sox

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    SP Reynaldo Lopez
    SP Reynaldo LopezMitchell Layton/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: +$64.872 million

                                         

    5 Best Values

    • SP Reynaldo Lopez: +$24.245 million
    • SS Tim Anderson: +$19.0 million
    • 3B Yolmer Sanchez: +$18.45 million
    • 2B Yoan Moncada: +$15.445 million
    • C Omar Narvaez: +$14.64 million

               

    5 Worst Values

    • SP Lucas Giolito: -$11.755 million
    • RP Bruce Rondon: -$10.675 million
    • SP Miguel Gonzalez: -$10.35 million
    • SP Carson Fulmer: -$8.151 million
    • OF Trayce Thompson: -$7.391 million

                         

    Notes

    • The starting infield of Jose Abreu (+$0.6M), Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson and Yolmer Sanchez all provided positive value, and all four players will be back in 2019, barring a trade of Abreu.
    • Slugger Matt Davidson (+9.03M) was a 1.1 WAR player at the plate and a 0.1 WAR pitcher on the mound. Along with posting a 103 OPS+ with 20 home runs, he also worked three scoreless innings of mop-up duty. The White Sox will give him a chance to get in some work as a pitcher this spring, according to Scott Merkin of MLB.com.
    • Lucas Giolito took some serious lumps in his first full season in the majors, running up a 6.13 ERA that was worst among qualified starters. The organization will hope the experience he's gained proves valuable and that he'll eventually live up to his top-prospect billing.

22. Cincinnati Reds

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    Eugenio Suarez
    Eugenio SuarezJamie Sabau/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: +$72.822 million

                      

    5 Best Values

    • 3B Eugenio Suarez: +$31.064 million
    • 2B Scooter Gennett: +$27.9 million
    • RP Jared Hughes: +$23.525 million
    • SS Jose Peraza: +$17.83 million
    • RP Michael Lorenzen: +$14.687 million

               

    5 Worst Values

    • SP Homer Bailey: -$33.8 million
    • C Devin Mesoraco: -$13.925 million
    • RP Tanner Rainey: -$8.062 million
    • RP Jackson Stephens: -$6.804 million
    • SP Sal Romano: -$6.145 million

                               

    Notes

    • Eugenio Suarez was acquired from the Detroit Tigers prior to the 2015 season in exchange for Alfredo Simon, who later rejoined the Reds. Scooter Gennett was claimed off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers ahead of the 2017 season. Both earned All-Star nods in 2018.
    • We're now five years into the absurd six-year, $105 million extension that was given to Homer Bailey, and it's safe to say it will go down as one of the worst contracts in MLB history. He's run up a 5.27 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 377.1 innings over the life of the deal to this point, and his 6.09 ERA in 106.1 innings this past season provides no reason for optimism.
    • Even with a $25 million salary, Joey Votto (+$3M) was once again a positive net value. The 35-year-old is still owed $125 million over the next five years, so the scales might tip at some point. But halfway through his 10-year, $225 million extension, he's been worth every penny.

21. Texas Rangers

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    Mike Minor
    Mike MinorPaul Bereswill/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: +$76.501 million

                  

    5 Best Values

    • SP Mike Minor: +$22.067 million
    • RP Jose Leclerc: +$19.498 million
    • 2B Rougned Odor: +$18.267 million
    • 1B/OF Joey Gallo: +$16.24 million
    • UT Jurickson Profar: +$14.95 million

                    

    5 Worst Values

    • SP Matt Moore: -$18.6 million
    • SP Martin Perez: -$13.2 million
    • OF Carlos Tocci: -$10.945 million
    • SP Cole Hamels: -$8.303 million
    • OF Ryan Rua: -$6.47 million

                      

    Notes

    • The Rangers ranked 29th in the majors in starters ERA (5.37), ahead of only the 115-loss Orioles (5.48). Mike Minor was the lone bright spot with a 3.7 WAR season in his return to the starting rotation, and the staff will need to be completely overhauled this winter, regardless of expectations.
    • As the value of controllable late-inning relievers continues to climb, the Rangers have a valuable chip in Jose Leclerc. The hard-throwing righty posted a 1.56 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 13.3 K/9 with 12 saves and 15 holds in 59 appearances. With control through the 2022 season, he could net a huge prospect return.
    • The decision to cut ties with catcher Robinson Chirinos (+$9.75M) this offseason was a bit of a head-scratcher. The 34-year-old posted a 97 OPS+ with 18 home runs and 65 RBI, though he did struggle to control the running game (53 SB/6 CS). Still, his $4.5 million option looked like a no-brainer to be exercised before the Rangers declined it last week.

20. St. Louis Cardinals

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    Harrison Bader
    Harrison BaderMitchell Layton/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: +$86.615 million

          

    5 Best Values

    • CF Harrison Bader: +$29.87 million
    • SS Paul DeJong: +$29.233 million
    • SP Miles Mikolas: +$27.45 million
    • 1B/3B Matt Carpenter: +$25.45 million
    • 2B Kolten Wong: +$24 million

         

    5 Worst Values

    • OF Dexter Fowler: -$27.7 million
    • RP Greg Holland: -$26 million
    • SP Adam Wainwright: -$19.5 million
    • RP Brett Cecil: -$15.75 million
    • SP Luke Weaver: -$10.112 million

         

    Notes

    • The Cardinals took a calculated risk signing Miles Mikolas to a two-year, $15.5 million deal, and it paid off. The 30-year-old went 18-4 with a 2.83 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 200.2 innings to earn a spot on the NL All-Star team, and his 3.28 FIP suggests he's more than just a flash in the pan.
    • With Harrison Bader, Marcell Ozuna (+$14.2M) and Tyler O'Neill (+$10.9M), the Cardinals have the makings of one of the best outfields in baseball. What are they going to do with Dexter Fowler, though?
    • Slugger Jose Martinez (+$11.4M) hit .305/.364/.457 with 30 doubles, 17 home runs and 83 RBI, but he remains a man without a clear defensive home. Still a year removed from arbitration and with team control through the 2022 season, he should generate some interest on the trade market and would be an ideal fit at DH.

19. New York Mets

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    Jacob deGrom
    Jacob deGromScott Taetsch/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: +$91.691 million

          

    5 Best Values

    • SP Jacob deGrom: +$73.4 million
    • OF Brandon Nimmo: +$34.653 million
    • SP Zack Wheeler: +$31.7 million
    • SP Noah Syndergaard: +$29.025 million
    • OF Michael Conforto: +$22.595 million

         

    5 Worst Values

    • LF Yoenis Cespedes: -$21.8 million
    • 3B David Wright: -$20 million
    • RF Jay Bruce: -$14.2 million
    • RP AJ Ramos: -$13.225 million
    • IF Jose Reyes: -$10 million

         

    Notes

    • Yoenis Cespedes ($29 million), David Wright ($20 million), Jay Bruce ($11 million), AJ Ramos ($9.2 million) and Todd Frazier ($8 million) all earned more than the $7.4 million banked by Jacob deGrom during a season that will almost certainly land him the NL Cy Young Award. Cespedes, Wright, Bruce and Frazier played a combined 249 games and contributed 2.4 WAR.
    • Second baseman Jeff McNeil (+$19.0M) was one of the season's biggest surprises. The 26-year-old was not listed among the team's top 30 prospects at the start of the season, according to Baseball America. However, a hot start in the upper levels of the minors earned him a call-up, and he hit .329/.381/.471 with 20 extra-base hits over 248 plate appearances in the majors.
    • The Mets once again cut checks to Carlos Beltran ($3.1 million), Bobby Bonilla ($1.2 million) and Bret Saberhagen ($250K) in 2018.

18. Los Angeles Angels

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    Mike Trout
    Mike TroutKyusung Gong/Associated Press

    Total Net Value: +$106.213 million

          

    5 Best Values

    • CF Mike Trout: +$47.517 million
    • SS Andrelton Simmons: +$38.6 million
    • SP/DH Shohei Ohtani: +$30.655 million
    • SP Jaime Barria: +$19.602 million
    • IF David Fletcher: +$15.675 million

         

    5 Worst Values

    • 1B Albert Pujols: -$26 million
    • IF Luis Valbuena: -$15.2 million
    • 3B Zack Cozart: -$11.867 million
    • RP Jim Johnson: -$9.8 million
    • IF Kaleb Cowart: -$8.243 million

         

    Notes

    • Even with a $34.1 million salary, Mike Trout still had the highest net value of any center fielder. The 27-year-old topped 10.0 WAR for the third time while slugging 39 home runs and setting career-highs in on-base percentage (.460), OPS (1.088), OPS+ (199) and walks (122).
    • Two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani tallied 2.7 WAR as a hitter and 1.2 WAR as a pitcher, but an arm injury put an end to his time on the mound after just 10 starts. The Angels might need to rethink how to best utilize him following his Tommy John surgery.
    • Albert Pujols has hit .243/.287/.397 for an 85 OPS+ over the past two seasons, and his days as a feared middle-of-the-order slugger are a thing of the past. With three years and $87 million left on his contract, the Angels will be hoping for some sort of return on investment.

17. Minnesota Twins

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    Jose Berrios
    Jose BerriosBrace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: +$115.688 million

          

    5 Best Values

    • SP Jose Berrios: +$29.83 million
    • LF Eddie Rosario: +$28.197 million
    • SP Kyle Gibson: +$27 million
    • RF Max Kepler: +$21.812 million
    • RP Taylor Rogers: +$17.035 million

         

    5 Worst Values

    • SP Ervin Santana: -$18.3 million
    • 1B Joe Mauer: -$13.4 million
    • RP Alan Busenitz: -$9.802 million
    • C Jason Castro: -$8 million
    • DH Logan Morrison: -$7.9 million

         

    Notes

    • It was a season of disappointing regression for the Twins after they reached the AL Wild Card Game in 2017. No one fell harder than Byron Buxton (-$2.7M), who struggled to a 4 OPS+ in 28 games and was sidelined for much of the year on the heels of a 5.2-WAR season.
    • Logan Morrison and Lance Lynn (-$7.6M) looked like potential steals on the free-agent market after they essentially fell into the Twins' laps because of a slow-moving market. Instead, they combined for 0.0 WAR while earning $15.5 million.
    • With Joe Mauer ($23 million) and Ervin Santana ($13.5 million) both coming off the books, among others, the Twins have the money to be aggressive players in free agency.

16. Philadelphia Phillies

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    Aaron Nola
    Aaron NolaRich Schultz/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: +$117.9 million

          

    5 Best Values

    • SP Aaron Nola: +$79.427 million
    • RP Seranthony Dominguez: +$18.769 million
    • SP Nick Pivetta: +$17.849 million
    • RP Victor Arano: +$16.254 million
    • SP Zach Eflin: +$15.578 million

         

    5 Worst Values

    • IF Scott Kingery: -$12.2 million
    • RF Nick Williams: -$8.553 million
    • IF Asdrubal Cabrera: -$8.483 million
    • OF Aaron Altherr: -$6.84 million
    • UT Jesmuel Valentin: -$6.567 million

         

    Notes

    • Aaron Nola ended up with the highest net value of any player thanks to a 10.0-WAR season and $573,000 salary. The 25-year-old went 17-6 with a 2.37 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 224 strikeouts in 212.1 innings to give the Phillies an ace to build around.
    • Flashy free-agent signings Jake Arrieta (-$5.2M) and Carlos Santana (-$4.7M) logged negative net values, though there were certainly worse contracts handed out last offseason.
    • Nick Pivetta was one of the under-the-radar breakout players of 2018. His surface-level stats don't look like much, but he struck out 188 batters in 164 innings while also lowering his walk rate (3.9 to 2.8 BB/9). His 3.79 FIP also suggests better things might be forthcoming.

15. Washington Nationals

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    Max Scherzer
    Max ScherzerMitchell Layton/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: +$125.373 million

          

    5 Best Values

    • SP Max Scherzer: +$54.657 million
    • SS Trea Turner: +$32.223 million
    • LF Juan Soto: +$23.607 million
    • SP Tanner Roark: +$21.525 million
    • 3B Anthony Rendon: +$21.3 million

         

    5 Worst Values

    • 2B Daniel Murphy: -$20.042 million
    • RF Bryce Harper: -$11.225 million
    • RP Ryan Madson: -$9.45 million
    • C Pedro Severino: -$9.175 million
    • OF Moises Sierra: -$5.714 million

         

    Notes

    • Max Scherzer's salary will spike from $22.2 million in 2018 to $37.4 million next season, as his seven-year, $210 million contract is backloaded. That will make it hard for him to defend his title as "best value" on the roster, but it's still not out of the question.
    • If Bryce Harper walks in free agency, an outfield of Juan Soto, Michael Taylor (+$4.7M) and Adam Eaton (+$2.8M) still looks awfully strong, with top prospect Victor Robles (+$3.1M) waiting in the wings. Wherever he winds up, Harper will have a tough time living up to the value of his megadeal.
    • After a disastrous start to the season in St. Louis, Greg Holland (+$10.2M) finished well with the Nationals. He posted a 0.84 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 10.5 K/9 with three saves and four holds in 24 games after being plucked from the scrapheap Aug. 7. It's worth watching what that does for his free-agent stock.

14. Seattle Mariners

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    Mitch Haniger
    Mitch HanigerAbbie Parr/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: +$127.082 million

          

    5 Best Values

    • RF Mitch Haniger: +$48.24 million
    • RP Edwin Diaz: +$25.029 million
    • SS Jean Segura: +$24.8 million
    • SP Marco Gonzales: +$19.45 million
    • SP Wade LeBlanc: +$18.55 million

         

    5 Worst Values

    • SP Felix Hernandez: -$37.257 million
    • RP Juan Nicasio: -$16.55 million
    • 3B Kyle Seager: -$12.6 million
    • RP Marc Rzepczynski: -$11.1 million
    • SP Erasmo Ramirez: -$9 million

         

    Notes

    • Mitch Haniger was the breakout star no one is talking about. After a solid rookie season that was abridged by injuries, he posted a 139 OPS+ with 38 doubles, 26 home runs and 93 RBI in 157 games. Those strong offensive numbers coupled with his glove work in right field (9 DRS, 2.1 UZR/150) made him a 6.1 WAR player on a nearly league-minimum salary.
    • On the other end of the spectrum, an aging King Felix was the worst value among all pitchers with a $26.9 million salary and minus-1.3 WAR. The 32-year-old is owed $27.9 million next season before he's off the books.
    • Robinson Cano (+$11.9M) earned just $13.7 million as a result of his performance-enhancing drugs suspension, so he actually wound up with a strong net value. The same likely won't be true in 2019, assuming he earns his full $24 million salarya total he'll bank in each of the next five seasons.

13. Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Paul Goldschmidt
    Paul GoldschmidtNorm Hall/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: +$130.189 million

          

    5 Best Values

    • 1B Paul Goldschmidt: +$32.1 million
    • SP Patrick Corbin: +$30.9 million
    • LF David Peralta: +$27.9 million
    • 2B Ketel Marte: +$25.0 million
    • SS Nick Ahmed: +$24.325 million

         

    5 Worst Values

    • SP Shelby Miller: -$14.5 million
    • OF Yasmany Tomas: -$13.5 million
    • SP Zack Godley: -$9.379 million
    • RP Brad Boxberger: -$7.45 million
    • RP Jake Diekman: -$7.304 million

          

    Notes

    • Patrick Corbin picked an excellent time for a career year. After making $7.5 million last season, his salary could triple in free agency. The 29-year-old is the top starting pitcher on the market after his 11-7 season that came with a 3.15 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 246 strikeouts in 200 innings.
    • Zack Greinke ($34.0 million, +$5.2M) was the third-highest-paid player in baseball last season, trailing only Clayton Kershaw ($35.6 million) and Mike Trout ($34.1 million), yet he still managed to post a positive net value. The 35-year-old has three years and $104.5 million remaining on his contract.
    • The D-backs made the no-brainer decision to exercise their $14.5 million option on first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. He's entering the final season of a six-year, $44.5 million pact that will go down as one of the best decisions in team history. Will he be traded before the deal is up?

12. Colorado Rockies

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    Kyle Freeland
    Kyle FreelandChris Coduto/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: +$148.063 million

          

    5 Best Values

    • SP Kyle Freeland: +$65.05 million
    • SS Trevor Story: +$44.245 million
    • SP German Marquez: +$42.65 million
    • 3B Nolan Arenado: +$27.05 million
    • SP Tyler Anderson: +$22.645 million

         

    5 Worst Values

    • 1B Ian Desmond: -$26.8 million
    • RP Bryan Shaw: -$16.3 million
    • RP Jake McGee: -$13.4 million
    • OF Noel Cuevas: -$12.375 million
    • RP Mike Dunn: -$11 million

         

    Notes

    • Who would have guessed the Rockies would have two of the top starters in baseball? Kyle Freeland (164 ERA+, 8.4 WAR, $550K salary) and German Marquez (124 ERA+, 4.7 WAR, $550K salary) finished third and sixth, respectively, among the most valuable starting pitchers.
    • Even with middling production at first base, the Rockies still had one of the most valuable infields in baseball thanks to the efforts of DJ LeMahieu (+$15.5M), Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado. With LeMahieu hitting free agency and no clear long-term answer at first, Colorado will have to address the right side of the infield in some fashion this offseason.
    • While it was a successful season for the Rockies, the free-agent signings of Bryan Shaw, Jake McGee and Wade Davis (-$7.2M) were nothing short of disasters. Those three earned a combined $30.5 million in 2018 but contributed minus-0.8 WAR.

11. Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Jameson Taillon
    Jameson TaillonKirk Irwin/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: +$150.821 million

          

    5 Best Values

    • SP Jameson Taillon: +$34.629 million
    • SP Trevor Williams: +$29.03 million
    • LF Corey Dickerson: +$24.45 million
    • CF Starling Marte: +$21.767 million
    • IF/OF Adam Frazier: +$21.388 million

         

    5 Worst Values

    • UT Sean Rodriguez: -$8.95 million
    • 2B Josh Harrison: -$7.85 million
    • RP Michael Feliz: -$7.692 million
    • RP Dovydas Neverauskas: -$7.413 million
    • IF Kevin Newman: -$7.335 million

         

    Notes

    • Trevor Williams joined the Pirates under unique circumstances. The right-hander was acquired in a trade with the Marlins that was made as compensation for the Marlins' hiring Jim Benedict from the Pirates front office. Three years later, he's one of the most promising young pitchers in the NL.
    • Adam Frazier once again played all over in 2018, spending time at second base (55), left field (14), right field (13) and center field (9) while posting a 118 OPS+ with 35 extra-base hits and 2.7 WAR. The team might prefer him in that super-utility role, but he could also get a crack at the everyday second base job.
    • Francisco Cervelli (+$10.3M) and Josh Harrison were the only players on the roster to earn more than $10 million last season. Harrison is a free agent after his club option was declined, while Cervelli is under contract for one more year at $11.5 million and could be a trade candidate with the emergence of Elias Diaz (+$12.2M).

10. Chicago Cubs

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    Javier Baez
    Javier BaezJonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: +$165.048 million

          

    5 Best Values

    • IF Javier Baez: +$49.743 million
    • C Willson Contreras: +$21.795 million
    • SP Kyle Hendricks: +$20.625 million
    • SP Cole Hamels: +$18.703 million
    • RP Jesse Chavez: +$15.602 million

         

    5 Worst Values

    • SP Yu Darvish: -$26.6 million
    • RP Brian Duensing: -$15.5 million
    • RF Jason Heyward: -$15.367 million
    • SP Tyler Chatwood: -$13.3 million
    • RP Luke Farrell: -$6.588 million

         

    Notes

    • While the offseason signings of Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood were a bust, the front office nailed the trade deadline, adding Cole Hamels, Jesse Chavez and Jorge De La Rosa (+$3.9M) to fortify the pitching staff.
    • Catcher Willson Contreras took a step backward offensively with a 92 OPS+ and just 10 home runs, but he was still the second-most valuable backstop, trailing only J.T. Realmuto (+$31.5M). Finding a quality backup to help keep him fresh should be a priority.
    • Jon Lester (-$1.1M) nearly met value on his $27.5 million salary. The 34-year-old went 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA while surpassing 180 innings for the 11th straight season, and he'll be as important as anyone to the team's success going forward.

9. Atlanta Braves

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    Ronald Acuna Jr.
    Ronald Acuna Jr.Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: +$196.669 million

          

    5 Best Values

    • LF Ronald Acuna Jr.: +$32.334 million
    • 2B Ozzie Albies: +$29.845 million
    • 3B Johan Camargo: +$29.045 million
    • 1B Freddie Freeman: +$27.441 million
    • SP Mike Foltynewicz: +$25.0 million

         

    5 Worst Values

    • 1B Adrian Gonzalez: -$22.357 million
    • SP Scott Kazmir: -$17.667 million
    • SP Brandon McCarthy: -$9.4 million
    • RP Jose Ramirez: -$7.765 million
    • UT Ryan Flaherty: -$7.15 million

         

    Notes

    • Uber-prospect Ronald Acuna Jr. arrived with a bang, hitting .293/.366/.552 for a 144 OPS+ while tallying 26 doubles, 26 home runs and 16 steals in 111 games for 4.1 WAR. He should have a stranglehold on the "best value" spot in Atlanta for the foreseeable future.
    • Anibal Sanchez (+$19.8M) went 7-6 with a 2.83 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 135 strikeouts in 136.2 innings on a one-year, $1 million contract. There wasn't a more impactful bargain signing in 2018 outside of Max Muncy.
    • Atlanta acquired Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy as a means of unloading the money owed to Matt Kemp beyond the 2018 season. Those three and their combined $47.0 million are now off the books, and the Braves are in a great position to spend.

8. Milwaukee Brewers

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    Christian Yelich
    Christian YelichAaron Gash/Associated Press

    Total Net Value: +$199.936 million

          

    5 Best Values

    • LF Christian Yelich: +$53.8 million
    • CF Lorenzo Cain: +$42.2 million
    • 2B/3B Travis Shaw: +$32.233 million
    • RP Jeremy Jeffress: +$25.45 million
    • 1B Jesus Aguilar: +$25.043 million

         

    5 Worst Values

    • RP Matt Albers: -$15.3 million
    • RF Ryan Braun: -$11.2 million
    • IF Eric Sogard: -$9.6 million
    • RP Mike Zagurski: -$5.629 million
    • IF Brad Miller: -$4.5 million

         

    Notes

    • On January 25, 2018, the Brewers acquired Christian Yelich from the Miami Marlins in exchange for a package of four prospects. The next day, they signed Lorenzo Cain to a five-year, $80 million deal. Yelich is the favorite for NL MVP honors, and Cain could also finish in the top 10 in voting. The Brewers don't win the NL Central title without those moves.
    • It looked like Jesus Aguilar might be the odd man out in Milwaukee when the season started as Ryan Braun prepared for a move to first base. Instead, he emerged as one of the most feared sluggers in the NL, posting a 135 OPS+ with 35 home runs and 108 RBI. Not bad for a guy who was originally claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Indians and is still making the league minimum.
    • The signing of Jhoulys Chacin (+$8.9M) to a two-year, $15.5 million deal looked like an underwhelming attempt at patching up the starting rotation. However, he went 15-8 with a 3.50 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 192.2 frames and was an integral innings-eater on a team that leaned heavily on the relief corps.

7. Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Max Muncy
    Max MuncyScott Cunningham/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: +$203.699 million

          

    5 Best Values

    • IF Max Muncy: +$33.111 million
    • 1B/CF Cody Bellinger: +$33.015 million
    • IF/OF Chris Taylor: +$32.225 million
    • SP Walker Buehler: +$27.487 million
    • 3B Justin Turner: +$24 million

         

    5 Worst Values

    • 2B Logan Forsythe: -$11.6 million
    • LF Matt Kemp: -$9.2 million
    • RP Kenley Jansen: -$6.533 million
    • RP Wilmer Font: -$6.474 million
    • SP Rich Hill: -$6.267 million

         

    Notes

    • Max Muncy joined the Dodgers as a minor league free agent on April 28, 2017, after he was released by the Oakland Athletics. Even after he hit .309/.414/.491 with 12 home runs in 109 games at Triple-A in 2017, no one could have seen his 2018 season coming. Muncy posted a 161 OPS+ and slugged 35 home runs to rack up 4.2 WAR with a payroll hit of just $489,000.
    • Clayton Kershaw (-$3.6M) will be back after signing a new three-year extension. The passing of the torch to Walker Buehler has already begun, though, as it looks like the Dodgers have found their ace of the future.
    • The fact that the Dodgers carried a team payroll of $199.6 million in 2018 and had just one player with a net value below minus-$10 million is a testament to the way their roster is built. The Giants and Red Sox—the two teams with a higher payroll—both had five such players.

6. Boston Red Sox

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    Mookie Betts
    Mookie BettsElsa/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: +$225.646 million

          

    5 Best Values

    • RF Mookie Betts: +$76.7 million
    • SP Chris Sale: +$42.685 million
    • LF Andrew Benintendi: +$30.579 million
    • DH J.D. Martinez: +$27.45 million
    • SS Xander Bogaerts: +$23.35 million

         

    5 Worst Values

    • 1B Hanley Ramirez: -$21.15 million
    • 2B Dustin Pedroia: -$16.925 million
    • UT Eduardo Nunez: -$12.8 million
    • SP Drew Pomeranz: -$12.5 million
    • C Christian Vazquez: -$7.825 million

         

    Notes

    • Mookie Betts ended up with the highest net value of any position player thanks to a 10.9 WAR season and a $10.5 million salary. The latter figure will climb once again this offseason, as MLBTradeRumors projects a spike to $18.7 million in his second year of arbitration. Even at that price, he'll still be one of the biggest bargains in baseball.
    • David Price (+$5.2M) and J.D. Martinez were the two highest-paid players on the roster, and both produced a positive net value. The same goes for Rick Porcello (+$5.3M), who checked in fourth with a $21.1 million salary. Positive contributions from big-money players are just as important as pre-arbitration production on the cheap.
    • While there's a ton of star power on the Red Sox roster, the rookie trio of Hector Velazquez (+$13.1M), Ryan Brasier (+$11.8M) and Brian Johnson (+$11.5M) deserve a nod for their impactful low-cost work on the mound.

5. New York Yankees

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    Aaron Judge
    Aaron JudgeJim McIsaac/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: +$231.606 million

          

    5 Best Values

    • RF Aaron Judge: +$43.378 million
    • SP Luis Severino: +$36.995 million
    • CF Aaron Hicks: +$34.775 million
    • SS Didi Gregorius: +$25.1 million
    • 2B Gleyber Torres: +$22.725 million

         

    5 Worst Values

    • OF Jacoby Ellsbury: -$21.143 million
    • RP Tommy Kahnle: -$7.713 million
    • 1B Greg Bird: -$5.382 million
    • RP David Robertson: -$5 million
    • IF Neil Walker: -$4.8 million

         

    Notes

    • Remember the days when the Yankees would consistently flip top prospects for aging veteran talent? Now the core of the team is largely players who were developed in-house, including Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Gleyber Torres, Chad Green (+$17.8M), Miguel Andujar (+$17.1M), Gary Sanchez (+$9.0M) and Dellin Betances (+$8.5M).
    • Despite his $25 million salary, slugger Giancarlo Stanton (+$7M) was still in the green. He'll earn $26 million each of the next two seasons before facing the decision of whether to opt out of the final seven years and $208 million of his contract.
    • The Yankees acquired J.A. Happ (+$12.2M), Luke Voit (+$10.2M), Andrew McCutchen (+$5.2M) and Lance Lynn (+$2.8M) at midseason without sacrificing any top-tier prospect talent.

4. Cleveland Indians

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    Francisco Lindor
    Francisco LindorGregory Shamus/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: +$270.796 million

          

    5 Best Values

    • SS Francisco Lindor: +$62.577 million
    • 2B/3B Jose Ramirez: +$60.371 million
    • SP Mike Clevinger: +$40.241 million
    • SP Trevor Bauer: +$39.875 million
    • SP Corey Kluber: +$35.7 million

         

    5 Worst Values

    • SP Josh Tomlin: -$10.2 million
    • RP Andrew Miller: -$7.4 million
    • C Roberto Perez: -$5.625 million
    • SP Danny Salazar: -$5 million
    • RP Cody Allen: -$4.975 million

         

    Notes

    • Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez were baseball's most valuable teammates with a combined net value of +$122.9M. They were followed by Mookie Betts/Chris Sale (+$119.4M), Kyle Freeland/Trevor Story (+$109.3M), Jacob deGrom/Brandon Nimmo (+$108.1M) and Matt Chapman/Matt Olson (+$98.9M).
    • No team received better value from the starting rotation than the Indians. Mike Clevinger (145 ERA+, 5.1 WAR, $559K salary), Trevor Bauer (198 ERA+, 5.8 WAR, $6.5M salary) and Corey Kluber (151 ERA+, 5.8 WAR, $10.7M salary) each earned a spot among the 10 most valuable starting pitchers.
    • Carlos Carrasco (+$23.2M) was not far behind that trio, and rookie Shane Bieber (+$8.5M) also far exceeded his salary. Those five will all return in 2019.

3. Houston Astros

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    Alex Bregman
    Alex BregmanGregory Shamus/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: +$295.971 million

          

    5 Best Values

    • 3B Alex Bregman: +$54.601 million
    • SP Gerrit Cole: +$34.85 million
    • 2B Jose Altuve: +$32.6 million
    • SP Justin Verlander: +$29.6 million
    • SP Charlie Morton: +$21 million

         

    5 Worst Values

    • OF Kyle Tucker: -$7.347 million
    • 3B J.D. Davis: -$5.834 million
    • RP Ken Giles: -$3.867 million
    • RP Joe Smith: -$3.8 million
    • C Brian McCann/DH Evan Gattis: -$3.5 million

         

    Notes

    • The trio of Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Charlie Morton earned $33.8 million in 2018 and still contributed a combined net value of +$85.5M. Throw in Lance McCullers Jr. (+$9.6M) and Dallas Keuchel (+$7.6M), and the rotation was a clear strength.
    • Alex Bregman has lived up to his No. 2 overall pick pedigree, posting a 156 OPS+ with 51 doubles, 31 home runs and 103 RBI for 6.9 WAR in his second full season in the big leagues. He still has another year before he reaches arbitration.
    • Midseason acquisition Ryan Pressly (+$10.6M) pitched to a 0.77 ERA and 0.60 WHIP with 12.3 K/9 in 26 appearances after coming over from the Twins. He's still projected to earn just $3.1 million next year in arbitration.

2. Tampa Bay Rays

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    Blake Snell
    Blake SnellTom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

    Total Net Value: +$301.591 million

          

    5 Best Values

    • SP Blake Snell: +$59.442 million
    • 2B Joey Wendle: +$33.855 million
    • OF Mallex Smith: +$27.447 million
    • LF Tommy Pham: +$20.61 million
    • UT Daniel Robertson: +$20.252 million

         

    5 Worst Values

    • RP Andrew Kittredge: -$9.889 million
    • C Jesus Sucre: -$3.325 million
    • RP Alex Colome: -$3.096 million
    • RP Hoby Milner: -$2.453 million
    • 1B Brad Miller: -$2.376 million

         

    Notes

    • The Rays got big value from relievers like Ryne Stanek (+$12.4M), Jose Alvarado (+$12.3M), Diego Castillo (+$9.3M), Wilmer Font (+$9.2M), Vidal Nuno (+$7.6M), Yonny Chirinos (+$6.8M), Ryan Yarbrough (+$6.7M) and Chaz Roe (+$4.1M) as a result of their "opener" approach.
    • Tampa Bay acquired second baseman Joey Wendle from Oakland for a player to be named Dec. 11, and he wound up seizing the everyday second base job with a .300/.354/.435 line that included 46 extra-base hits and 16 steals. Coupled with his excellent defense (5 DRS, 10.7 UZR/150), that made him a 4.3 WAR player.
    • Kevin Kiermaier (+$14.3M) ended the season as the highest-paid player on the team with a $5.7 million salary. After winning 90 games, it's time for the Rays to spend some money in free agency.

1. Oakland Athletics

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    Matt Chapman
    Matt ChapmanRoger Steinman/Associated Press

    Total Net Value: +$312.392 million

          

    5 Best Values

    • 3B Matt Chapman: +$65.052 million
    • 1B Matt Olson: +$33.825 million
    • 2B Jed Lowrie: +$32.4 million
    • RP Blake Treinen: +$32.25 million
    • SS Marcus Semien: +$31.275 million

         

    5 Worst Values

    • C Jonathan Lucroy: -$12.1 million
    • SP Kendall Graveman: -$9.56 million
    • OF Dustin Fowler: -$7.542 million
    • SP Paul Blackburn: -$6.148 million
    • OF Matt Joyce: -$5.2 million

         

    Notes

    • How fitting that the team that started it all is perched in the No. 1 spot, as Moneyball is still alive and well in Oakland. The A's upped their win total from 75 games in 2017 to 97 games this season, and they did it with a payroll that ranked 28th in the majors.
    • Homegrown corner infielders Matt Chapman and Matt Olson racked up 12.5 WAR while playing with matching $548,000 salaries.
    • Slugger Khris Davis (+$12.7M) was the highest-paid player on the team at $10.5 million, and he was a steal at that price. The 30-year-old posted a 136 OPS+ while leading the majors with 48 home runs.
    • Closer Blake Treinen was baseball's most valuable reliever, while scrapheap find Edwin Jackson (+$12.0M) was one of the best bargains in baseball.
    • Even catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who was the worst value on the roster and at the catcher position, made a positive impact with his ability to handle the staff. He's a candidate to be re-signed in free agency.

Best and Worst Values (Position Players)

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    Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez
    Mookie Betts and J.D. MartinezBillie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

    Catchers

    Best

    1. J.T. Realmuto, MIA: +$31.5 million
    2. Willson Contreras, CHC: +$21.795 million
    3. Yasmani Grandal, LAD: +$18.5 million
    4. Yan Gomes, CLE: +$14.767 million
    5. Omar Narvaez, CWS: +$14.64 million

    Worst

    1. Jonathan Lucroy, OAK: -$12.1 million
    2. Russell Martin, TOR: -$9.6 million
    3. Pedro Severino, WAS: -$9.175 million
    4. Francisco Pena, STL: -$8.625 million
    5. Devin Mesoraco, CIN/NYM: -$8.325 million

         

    First Basemen

    Best

    1. Matt Olson, OAK: +$33.852 million
    2. Max Muncy, LAD: +$33.111 million
    3. Cody Bellinger, LAD: +$33.015 million
    4. Paul Goldschmidt, ARI: +$32.1 million
    5. Freddie Freeman, ATL: +$27.441 million

    Worst

    1. Chris Davis, BAL: -$43.519 million
    2. Adrian Gonzalez, ATL/NYM: -$27.702 million
    3. Ian Desmond, COL: -$26.8 million
    4. Albert Pujols, LAA: -$26.0 million
    5. Miguel Cabrera, DET: -$25.2 million

         

    Second Basemen

    Best

    1. Javier Baez, CHC: +$49.743 million
    2. Whit Merrifield, KC: +$43.43 million
    3. Joey Wendle, TB: +$33.855 million
    4. Jose Altuve, HOU: +$32.6 million
    5. Jed Lowrie, OAK: +$32.4 million

    Worst

    1. Daniel Murphy, WAS/CHC: -$25.5 million
    2. Dustin Pedroia, BOS: -$16.925 million
    3. Eduardo Nunez, BOS: -$12.8 million
    4. Pat Valaika, COL: -$10.808 million
    5. Logan Forsythe, LAD/MIN: -$9.8 million

         

    Shortstops

    Best

    1. Francisco Lindor, CLE: +$62.577 million
    2. Trevor Story, COL: +$44.245 million
    3. Andrelton Simmons, LAA: +$38.6 million
    4. Chris Taylor, LAD: +$32.225 million
    5. Trea Turner, WAS: +$32.223 million

    Worst

    1. Troy Tulowitzki, TOR: -$20.0 million
    2. Scott Kingery, PHI: -$12.2 million
    3. Eric Sogard, MIL: -$9.6 million
    4. Alcides Escobar, KC: -$8.1 million
    5. Ronny Rodriguez, DET: -$7.514 million

         

    Third Basemen

    Best

    1. Matt Chapman, OAK: +$65.052 million
    2. Jose Ramirez, CLE: +$60.371 million
    3. Alex Bregman, HOU: +$54.601 million
    4. Travis Shaw, MIL: +$32.233 million
    5. Eugenio Suarez, CIN: +$31.064 million

    Worst

    1. David Wright, NYM: -$20.0 million
    2. Chase Headley, SD: -$16.7 million
    3. Luis Valbuena, LAA: -$15.2 million
    4. Josh Donaldson, TOR/CLE: -$13.4 million
    5. Kyle Seager, SEA: -$12.6 million

         

    Left Fielders

    Best

    1. Christian Yelich, MIL: +$53.8 million
    2. Ronald Acuna Jr., ATL: +$32.334 million
    3. Andrew Benintendi, BOS: +$30.579 million
    4. Eddie Rosario, MIN: +$28.197 million
    5. David Peralta, ARI: +$27.9 million

    Worst

    1. Hunter Pence, SF: -$25.7 million
    2. Yoenis Cespedes, NYM: -$21.8 million
    3. Yasmany Tomas, ARI: -$13.5 million
    4. Matt Kemp, LAD: -$9.2 million
    5. Charlie Tilson, CWS: -$7.361 million

        

    Center Fielders

    Best

    1. Mike Trout, LAA: +$47.517 million
    2. Lorenzo Cain, MIL: +$42.2 million
    3. Aaron Hicks, NYY: +$34.775 million
    4. Harrison Bader, STL: +$29.87 million
    5. Mallex Smith, TB: +$27.447 million

    Worst

    1. Jacoby Ellsbury, NYY: -$21.143 million
    2. Austin Jackson, SF/NYM/TEX: -$17.593 million
    3. Adam Jones, BAL: -$15.733 million
    4. Carlos Tocci, TEX: -$10.945 million
    5. Magneuris Sierra, MIA: -$10.601 million

         

    Right Fielders

    Best

    1. Mookie Betts, BOS: +$76.7 million
    2. Mitch Haniger, SEA: +$48.24 million
    3. Aaron Judge, NYY: +$43.378 million
    4. Brandon Nimmo, NYM: +$34.653 million
    5. Brian Anderson, MIA: +$31.0 million

    Worst

    1. Dexter Fowler, STL: -$27.7 million
    2. Jason Heyward, CHC: -$15.367 million
    3. Jay Bruce, NYM: -$14.2 million
    4. Noel Cuevas, COL: -$12.375 million
    5. Bryce Harper, WAS: -$11.225 million

         

    Designated Hitters

    Best

    1. J.D. Martinez, BOS: +$27.45 million
    2. C.J. Cron, TB: +$13.7 million
    3. Khris Davis, OAK: +$12.7 million
    4. Matt Davidson, CWS: +$9.03 million
    5. Nelson Cruz, SEA: +$8.95 million

    Worst

    1. Victor Martinez, DET: -$27.6 million
    2. Mark Trumbo, BAL: -$8.6 million
    3. Kendrys Morales, TOR: -$4.6 million
    4. Evan Gattis, HOU: -$3.5 million
    5. Edwin Encarnacion, CLE: -$3.467 million

Best and Worst Values (Pitchers)

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    Starting Pitchers

    Best

    1. Aaron Nola, PHI: +$79.427 million
    2. Jacob deGrom, NYM: +$73.4 million
    3. Kyle Freeland, COL: +$65.05 million
    4. Blake Snell, TB: +$59.442 million
    5. Max Scherzer, WAS: +$54.657 million
    6. German Marquez, COL: +$42.65 million
    7. Mike Clevinger, CLE: +$40.241 million
    8. Trevor Bauer, CLE: +$39.875 million
    9. Luis Severino, NYY: +$36.995 million
    10. Corey Kluber, CLE: +$35.7 million

    Worst

    1. Felix Hernandez, SEA: -$37.257 million
    2. Homer Bailey, CIN: -$33.8 million
    3. Yu Darvish, CHC: -$26.6 million
    4. Jeff Samardzija, SF: -$25.4 million
    5. Jason Hammel, KC: -$21.8 million
    6. Adam Wainwright, STL: -$19.5 million
    7. Jordan Zimmermann, DET: -$19.2 million
    8. Matt Moore, TEX: -$18.6 million
    9. Ervin Santana, MIN: -$18.3 million
    10. Scott Kazmir, ATL: -$17.667 million

           

    Relief Pitchers

    Best

    1. Blake Treinen, OAK: +$32.25 million
    2. Jeremy Jeffress, MIL: +$25.45 million
    3. Edwin Diaz, SEA: +$25.029 million
    4. Jesse Chavez, TEX/CHC: +$24.1 million
    5. Jared Hughes, CIN: +$23.525 million

    Worst

    1. Mark Melancon, SF: -$19.2 million
    2. Juan Nicasio, SEA: -$16.55 million
    3. Bryan Shaw, COL: -$16.3 million
    4. Greg Holland, STL/WAS: -$15.761 million
    5. Brett Cecil, STL: -$15.75 million

          

    All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted. Contract information comes via Spotrac.