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|Red Letter Days
a Baseball Fan
First Year Player's Draft - June 5-7
Major League player salaries rose 8.2% in 2014 to a record $3.95m.
Highest team payroll the Dodgers, overtaking
the Yankees for
the first time in 15 years. Average salary for Dodgers $7.8m.
The 2014 Payroll $
1. Dodgers $ 241,129,402
2. Yankees $ 208,913,884
3. Phillies $ 175,136,056
4. Tigers $ 161,478,526
5. Red Sox $ 154,380,395
6. Giants $ 146,364,108
7. Nationals $ 133,866,735
8. Rangers $ 130,855,596
9. Blue Jays $ 128,917,500
10. Angels $ 126,314,500
11. D'backs $ 111,030,333
12. Braves $ 109,455,673
13. Reds $ 109,290,771
14. Cardinals $ 107,020,360
15. Orioles $ 102,022,621
16. Rockies $ 100,082,071
17. Brewers $97,374,338
18. Royals $ 90,481,500
19. Padres $ 89,092,595
20. Mariners $ 88,227,342
21. Mets $ 82,491,453
22. Twins $ 81,912,500
23. Rays $ 81,535,290
24. White Sox $ 80,392,815
25. Indians $ 79,895,800
26. Pirates $ 77,284,499
27. Athletics $ 76,930,900
28. Cubs $ 71,674,356
29. Astros $ 44,485,800
30. Marlins $ 40,565,400
Stat Geek Baseball's
Ave. Salaries By
1st Base - $6,886,792
2nd Base - $4,300,645
3rd Base - $3,474,321
Shortstop - $3,663,368
Outfield - $4,592,538
Pitcher - $3,532,706
All - $3,936,922
Ave. Salaries By
Service Time 2014
1.000 Year - $551,070
1.000-1.171 - $620,195
2.000-2.121 - $603,156
Super 2 - 3.171 - $2,398,041
4.000-4.171 - $3,415,175
5.000-5.171 - $5,792,824
Free Agent - 6.171 - $7,461,178
7.000-7.171 - $7,593,716
8.000-8.171 - $11,616,934
9.000-9.171 - $6,672,631
10.000-10.171 - $12,378,440
11.000-11.171 - $8,096,542
12.000-12.171 - $9,145,955
13.000-13.171 - $16,050,000
14.000-14.171 - $9,824,060
15.000-15.171 - $8,144,977
16.000 and over - $4,373,770
Super Two level for 2014 season is 2.122. Free Agent level is
Super Two level for 2013 season was 2.139. Free Agent level
Salary source: USA Today Salary Database.
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|The Hot Stove League Contracts
out what's going on in contracts, what they've been paid,
what they should have with the Stat Geek Baseball's SPRO Salary
Projection system, and more.
Week of April 14
Jed Gyorko signs
5 year $35,000,000 contract extension for 2015-2019 with $13m club option and $1m buyout for 6th year with Padres.
SPRO Analysis - San
Diego overpays for Gyorko. Now we're just dipping over into does
not make enough sense territory with these pre-arb deals. Gyorko
had a very good rookie season, but he wasn't Mike Trout, and he's
started off 2014 batting 0.152. Yeh, we know he plays in a
notorious pitcher's park, but... his service time starts the year at
1.000, and San Diego has one more year before they're even looking
toward arbitration. There was no hurry, but they're willing to
pay him $13m five years hence and they don't even know what they truly
have. SPRO says one year extension, that's all, $554,000. Now
that's probably gonna be higher at the end of the year, but we would
just want to wait till then.
Week of April 7
Ryan Roberts signs
1 year $1,000,000 contract with $250,000 incentives with Red Sox.
SPRO Analysis - Boston gets bargain in Roberts. SPRO $2,024,000.
Week of March 31
Player Resigns with Club
Yunel Escobar signs
2 year extension for 2015-16 seasons at $13m with club
option for 2017 year with Rays.
SPRO Analysis - Tampa Bay gets bargain in Escobar. SPRO for 2015-6 is $17,928,000.
Jason Kipnis signs
6 year $52,500,000 contract with club option $16.5m w/$2.5m buyout for 7th year with Indians.
SPRO Analysis - Cleveland
pays market value for Kipnis. Another in the long line of
extensions to pre-arb players to get cost certainty, we don't know how
confortable we are with the couple extra years, but the numbers are
right in line for the four we like, SPRO of 4 years $21,836,000, so
we're not gonna complain. Just the cost of doing business in
today's baseball world.
Chris Archer signs
6 year $25,000,000 contract with club options with Rays.
SPRO Analysis - Tampa
overpays for Archer. We like Chris Archer, as we do with many
these long term deal candidates with limited Major League service time
(0.156 for Archer, under 1 year). But, ... we're not okay
them. SPRO says that a pitcher with only 150 innings of
experience does not have a long enough track record to make this
commitment and we don't think that waiting one more year, still within
the pre-arbitration period would be too much to ask or too costly a
wait as the track record lengthens.
Week of March 24
Chris Young signs
1 year $1,200,000 contract with $3,475,000 incentives with Mariners.
SPRO Analysis - Seattle
overpays for Young. We don't usually think of an overpays for
this slight an amount as SPRO says $850,000, but we wanted to make a
point. Small point, yes. Young has had three of the
four years at a minimal or zero value for his club. Probably
to prove your worth for one year from a durability standpoint, which is
somewhat what they're doing here with the incentive structure.
Not sure if those incentives should be necessary.
Kevin Frandsen signs
1 year $900,000 contract with $700,000 incentives with Nationals.
SPRO Analysis - Washington
pays market value for Frandsen. SPRO $1,122,000,
including salary and incentives.
Player Resigns with Club
Miguel Cabrera signs
8 year extension for 2016-23 seasons at $248m with 2 additional club
option year. Total with current deal 10 years $292m.
SPRO Analysis - Detroit
overpays for Cabrera. Cabrera is the best hitter in baseball,
with some small nod to Mike Trout, but the years are just too long.
Now we don't know if that slight downturn at the end of last
season due to injury shows the start of a trend, but no matter, the 10
year term is 2 years too long for us. SPRO 8 years
Yan Gomes signs
6 year $23m extension with Indians.
SPRO Analysis - Cleveland
overpays for Gomes. Okay, getting a bit ridiculous.
Yan Gomes may end up being great, but ... there's also a
reasonable chance at 1.083 years of Major League experience, that he
ends up being less than that. Too early, ... should at least
wait till next year to see how he responds to full-time duty.
We can't get past an arbitration level contract of SPRO 2
Mike Trout signs
6 year $144.5m extension for 2015-2020, $145.5m including 2014 season
SPRO Analysis - Los
Angeles Angels of Anaheim pays market value for Trout. We
it's a bit high on the out year side, but won't criticize that because
we also believe Trout may have been better off with a slightly shorter
deal, taking to free agency a year or two earlier. SPRO 7
$128,796,000 for the best young player in the game.
Sterling Marte signs
6 year $51m w/two club option years with Pirates.
SPRO Analysis - Pittsburgh
overpays for Marte. Another in the new sign them early trend,
Marte is not long enough into his career for us to give him a long term
deal. We'd play the pre-arbitration year thing one by one and
track record longer first. SPRO 2 year $1,133,000.
Week of March 17
Player Resigns with Club
David Ortiz signs
extension for 2015 season at $16m with 2 additional vesting/club
options for 2015/2016. Current 2014 deal pays Ortiz $15m.
SPRO Analysis - Boston
gets bargain for Ortiz. It's slight, the bargain that is, but
is a bargain for past production. SPRO 3 years $52,464,000.
2014 - $16,891,000; 2015 - $17,480,000.
Jose Quintana signs
5 year $21m (if not arbitration eligitble 2015) to $26.8m contract with
White Sox, including club options for $10.5m and $11.5m with $1m buyout
for 6th and 7th years.
SPRO Analysis - Chicago
White Sox overpay for Quintana. Yes, it's the new trend,
pre-arbitration players to long contracts, but it has lots of risk.
SPRO 3 year $7.565m. We think the $ for
that term on
the signed deal are too high as well at $9.65m.
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Hall of Fame Veterans Ballot
Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, and Bobby Cox are elected in a unanimous vote
by the Hall of Fame Expansion Era veterans ballot. Former
now on the veterans ballot did not get the required 75% vote to gain
election, including Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Tommy John,
Billy Martin, Ted
Simmons, Dave Parker, and Dan Quisenberry. The ballot for
former era is now held once every three years.
where the player
candidates rank among Hall of Fame positions in the
Elected to Hall of Fame
Greg Maddux 97.2%
Tom Glavine 91.9%
Frank Thomas 83.7%
to the Hall of Fame, the three players which Baseball Evaluation
thought would make it. Craig Biggio just misses, with 74.8%
the 75.0% needed for election.
Mike Piazza 62.2%
Jack Morris 61.5%
Jeff Bagwell 54.3%
Tim Raines 46.1%
Roger Clemens 35.4%
Barry Bonds 34.7%
Lee Smith 29.9%
Curt Schilling 29.2%
Edgar Martinez 25.2%
Alan Trammel 20.8%
Mike Mussina 20.3%
Jeff Kent 15.2%
Fred McGriff 11.7%
Mark McGwire 11.0%
Larry Walker 10.7%
Don Mattingly 8.2%
Sammy Sosa 7.2%
who did not get the 5% needed to stay on the ballot next year
Alou, Armando Benitez, Sean Casey, Ray
Gagne, Luis Gonzalez, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Paul
Duca, Hideo Nomo, Rafael Palmeiro, Kenny
Rogers, Richie Sexson, J.T. Snow, Mike Timlin
Jack Morris was in his final year on the BBWAA ballot; will be eligible
for Veterans ballot in 2016
When of HOF Class
Hot Payroll Numbers
Actual Contracts Versus SPRO Projections
how do the actual contracts given out to players during the past off
season compare to our SPRO Salary Projections, both on the average and
by maximum players per position. Overall, the average salary
players on the rosters listed, 855 players overall, in the USA Today
Salary Database on March 31, 2014 was $3,936,922. SPRO
There has been a significant change over the past year in salary
structure, adding approximately 10% to salaries, predominantly for free
agent year players. Most of this will play out over the next
several years as national and local television contract increases
filter down to the player level.
And how does it compare now to the highest players paid per position.
New Best Baseball Players Ever Top 100 Combining
Pitching & Hitting
Total Players Ever 1-20
Total Players Ever 21-40
PEVA Ratings 2013
10/2 - 2013
Top 40 Pitchers
Top 40 Batters
Individual Player Ratings
We see in our site searches and are asked
from Time to Time, How is PEVA Calculated? Well, it's
and hard to explain.
we don't get into the pure numbers, perhaps this series of short blog
articles from several years back can give you a better view of how and
The Durability Categories and Why PEVA Values Them So Much
Run Production, a Dependent Stat that influences other Stats
Wins/Saves. How Do They Figure In
Pitching & the Defensive Factor
Field Value, Controversial Component
Off Season News
that for 2014, the Yankees are the most valuable franchise in MLB at
$2.5b; Dodgers 2nd at $2.088b and Tampa Bay last at $485m.
(3-25-14) that the Dodgers will have the highest payroll, surpassing
the Yankees for the 1st time in 15 years, with a total payroll of
$235m. Houston pulls up in 30th place with a projected $44.5m
McCutchen, PIT (NL)
Miguel Cabrera, DET (AL)
Cy Young Award
Kershaw, LAN (NL)
Max Scherzer, DET (AL)
Rookie of Year Award
Fernandez, MIA (NL)
Wil Myers, TBA (AL)
Gold Gloves Awarded
Glove Winners for 2013
Check out our Fielding Ratings to See How They Compare
C - Salvador Perez
1B - Eric Hosmer
2B - Dustin Pedroia
3B - Manny Machado
SS - J.J. Hardy
LF - Alex Gordon
CF - Adam Jones
RF - Shane Victorino
P - R.A. Dickey
C - Yadier Molina
1B - Paul Goldschmidt
2B - Brandon Phillips
3B - Nolan Arenado
SS - Andrelton Simmons
LF - Carlos Gonzalez
CF - Carlos Gomez
RF - Gerardo Parra
P - Adam Wainwright
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Collective Bargaining Agreement. Payroll
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