Friday, December 26, 2008

How much were Mets hitters worth in 2008?

Fangraphs added a new section to it's already vast library of stats which calculates players' win values. This is better than any Christmas gift I got this year. Value wins measure how many wins a player contributes to his team, factoring offense, defense and positional adjustments. Read here and here for more. Additionally, Fangraphs provides how much each player was worth in millions of $$ based on the stat. Let's take a look at the Mets hitters' win values, $$ value based on win values and actual salaries, minimum 100 PA's (each win is worth about $4.5 million; actual salaries courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts):

Let's summarize:
1) David Wright and Jose Reyes are awesome. These guys were worth A-Rod money in 2008. Their contracts should continue to be huge discounts for the Mets in the foreseeable future.
2) Carlos Delgado finishing ahead of Carlos Beltran and Reyes in the NL MVP voting is a joke. But we knew that already. WAR factors defense and positional adjustments, which is why Delgado does not have a strong showing here.
3) Damion Easley was basically a replacement-level player in 2008.
4) Brian Schneider is no Joe Mauer, but his contract isn't bad.
5) Marlon Anderson sucks.
6) The Mets don't have too many bad contracts, for their hitters atleast. Omar Minaya is a smart GM, in my humble opinion. Compare to the Yankees WAR page - many of their contracts were poor (see Hideki Matsui, Derek Jeter, Bobby Abreu, Jason Giambi, Ivan Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera).

I'll continue to explore this win value stuff, which isn't too complicated once you understand it. It took some time to grasp the concepts but it's worth the effort. Remember that this is not the end-all-be-all measure of a player's worth but it's pretty high-level.

1 comment:

Mike Newman said...

I like the WAR metric, but to think Castillo was worth even half a win is unfathomable. It just goes to show how bad the 2b position is around baseball.

It's also amazing when a good defensive outfielder who hits 15 home runs annually is now worth between 5-6 million.