Today’s post is looking at something I am calling WAR$. WAR is a value that attempts to compare the statistical worth of players to a single standard. WAR$ is Dan P’s effort to compare the value of the players. Basically, this simply looks at bang for the buck – how much WAR we get per $1 MM of salary for each player.
This ends up as an interesting exercise that reminds us why a team that wants to sustain success must be willing to keep mixing in the high-value WAR$ guys onto their roster.
|Position||Player||WAR||Salary (millions)||WAR$ per $1 MM|
|DH/LF||Yordan Alvarez||6.8||$0.76 MM||8.9|
|SS||Jeremy Pena||4.8||$0.7 MM||6.9|
|RF||Kyle Tucker||5.2||$0.76 MM||6.8|
|CF||Chas McCormick||1.3||$0.7 MM||1.9|
|OF||Jake Meyers||0.5||$0.7 MM||0.71|
|UT||David Hensley||0.3||$0.7 MM||0.43|
|3B||Alex Bregman||4.5||$13.0 MM||0.35|
|1B||Jose Abreu||4.2||$19.7 MM||0.21|
|2B||Jose Altuve||5.1||$29.0 MM||0.18|
|LF/DH||Michael Brantley||1.3||$16.0 MM||0.08|
|C||Martin Maldonado||0.3||$5.0 MM||0.06|
|1B||Yuli Gurriel||-0.3||$8.0 MM||-0.38|
|RP||Hunter Brown||0.9||~$0.13 MM||6.92|
|SP||Cristian Javier||3.7||$0.70 MM||5.29|
|RP||Bryan Abreu||1.3||$0.70 MM||1.86|
|SP||Jose Urquidy||1.2||$0.70 MM||1.71|
|RP||Seth Martinez||0.8||~$0.5 MM||1.6|
|SP||Framber Valdez||3.7||$3.0 MM||1.23|
|SP||Luis Garcia||1.4||$1.25 MM||1.12|
|RP||Ryne Stanek||2.2||$2.10 MM||1.05|
|RP||Rafael Montero||1.3||$2.73 MM||0.48|
|SP||Justin Verlander||5.9||$25.0 MM||0.24|
|RP||Ryan Pressly||0.9||$10.0 MM||0.09|
|RP||Hector Neris||0.5||$8.00 MM||0.06|
|SP||Jake Odorizzi||0.1||$5.19 MM||0.02|
|SP||Lance McCullers||1.4||$15.95 MM||0.001|
|RP||Phil Maton||-0.3||$1.55 MM||-0.19|
Notes – all WAR and salary values are taken from baseball-reference.com.
A couple players like Hunter Brown and Seth Martinez are shown at reduced salaries because they spent significant time in the minor leagues.
- In 2022 the Astros spent about $200 MM for 54 WAR – which comes out to about $3.7 MM per 1 WAR. That means someone at 0.27 WAR$ is right at the average amount for the team.
- It is no surprise that some Astros young studs like Alvarez, Tucker, Javier, and Pena are so high on this list. They are producing like stars, but being paid minimum or near minimum.
- Just because some players have lower WAR$ (e.g., Justin Verlander, Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve, and Ryan Pressly) does not mean they don’t have worth to the team. It just means they need to be offset by those who bring more value to the team at those lower salaries.
- The placement of Hunter Brown is probably due to the small sample size, but it still shows what value youngsters can have.
- The pitchers don’t have as many high-scoring WAR$, but they have that solid set of Montero, Stanek Valdez, Garcia, Martinez, Urquidy, and Abreu, all well above average between 0.48 and 1.86 WAR$.
- Gurriel bottomed out on this list, so there is no question why they made his replacement so high on their off-season list.
- The WAR$ is going to erode pretty quickly as so many of these players enter arbitration. So, they need to keep rolling in newbies to help out in that value area.
So, what are your thoughts on this?