With just over a week before pitchers and catchers report, the dust has not only settled from last seasons dismal end, but it’s being swept off the home plate of optimism. With that in mind I thought it would be fun to approach this season looking at an aspect of the team that is rarely talked about: a players worth based on his salary.
Sure, we talk about salary a lot when a player is picked up. Sometimes we even make mention of how much that player makes in relation to how bad they are playing at a certain moment in time, like Jeem’s “overpaid Cuddyer” mantra for example. But we don’t often speak of a player in relation to a full season as it relates to their salary.
So, lets start with one player we know for sure won’t be taking the field come April. Todd Helton.
With those stats it look like he was overpaid for his 2013 season. This obviously isn’t taking into account the sentimental saps in the seats who knew we’d never see him play again once the curtain fell on 2013. If that stat was measured then he would be much closer to the “worth it” column, especially his play during his last game at Coors.
But strictly looking at the numbers, it would seem that he wasn’t pulling his weight. Especially when you look at what he cost the team per stat:
How’d you like to make 11 grand every time you walked up to bat?
So, let’s compare his numbers to our resident batting champion, Michael Cuddyer. One of the bright spots of levity over the past couple of seasons has been Jeem’s insistence of calling Cuddy “overpaid” and those that come to Cuddy’s defense, some quite vehemently.
But is Jeem closer to the truth than one might think? Here are Cuddy’s money numbers:
While he isn’t quite as bad as Helton in the on-field performance category, it sure isn’t something to write home about. Especially when you look at how much he is getting per games, at bats, etc.
So, who is the “all star” on the Rockies, based on salary?
Why that would be Tyler Chatwood:
Chatwood bring the most bang for the buck. While it isn’t a apples-to-apples comparison with his cost per stats, him being a pitcher and all, it is pretty obvious he brings more to the table than his wallet.
Looking at some of the players we’ve picked up in the off-season is also interesting. For example, Justin Morneau’s 2013 salary was more than any Colorado player by $3M (De La Rosa pulled in $11M).
His numbers in Minnesota look like this:
His on-field performance isn’t bad, but his cost per comes in way too high. He won’t be making nearly as much this season, only pulling in $5M, so if his stats stay the same he will move from the overpaid column to not that bad of a deal.
So who is biggest stud in all of baseball? Mike Trout, of course.
Can you imaging only having to pay $712 to get one of the best players in baseball up to bat?
Here is the list of players on the Rockies ranked by their Team Cost vs Performance score, which is the player’s percent of team WAR/player’s percent of total team payroll.
If you are interested in playing around with the numbers yourself, or perhaps you’d like to see how long it will take Tulo to make what a high school teacher makes in a year (38 hours), visit this super cool site: Baseball Player Salaries.