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Who Earned Their Money in 2009? – Part I

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Fan Graphs has a nifty little tool that shows what the player’s approximate value if he was a free agent based on 2009 stats. We can compare that to what the player’s 2009 salaries were to see which players played up or down to their contract this past year. Today we take a look at five guys that I found intriguing. We’ll work through all of the players on the roster over the next week or so.

Derrek Lee
2009 Salary: $13 mil
2009 Value: $23.8 mil
Comment: I’ve already cooked and eaten my batch of crow on Lee. He carried this team and I’d hate to think of how bad it could have gotten without him.

Ryan Theriot
2009 Salary: $0.5 mil
2009 Value: $11.9 mil
Comment: He takes a lot of grief for his play at SS. You either love him or hate him. Regardless of where you stand on his ability, you can’t argue that he outplays his near-league minimum contract.

Aramis Ramirez
2009 Salary: $15.65 mil
2009 Value: $11.5 mil
Comment: We didn’t get as much as we paid for with Rammy, but I understand. I can deal with it if he comes back next year with a completely healthy shoulder.

Kosuke Fukudome
2009 Salary: $11.5 mil
2009 Value: $10.8 mil
Comment: Fukudome just missed playing up to his contract, though I feel like we paid for what we expected to be more run production from a power standpoint. We were told that he wasn’t going to be a 40 HR guy, but I’ve been disappointed with the power we’ve seen. Overall, I think he’s gotten more of a bad rap than he really deserves.

Jeff Baker
2009 Salary: $0.415 mil
2009 Value: $6.1 mil
Comment: In my opinion, Baker is the guy I want at 2B come opening day. The only way I consider otherwise would be if we saw someone like Chone Figgins or Brian Roberts brought in or if the great and mighty Starlin Castro comes up to play SS, which would move Theriot to 2B.

  • cubbiedude

    If my arithmetic is correct, the salary of these 5 important Cubs ($41.065 million), is $23.045 million below their free agent (free market) value of $64.1 million.

    Looking at that micro aspect of the 2009 Cubs, I’d have to say that Jim Hendry did something right.

    Thanks, Joe, for pointing that out.

  • Well, with two guys both not arbitration eligible on this, it looks really good at the moment. Problem is the Cubs have not enough “home-grown” or young talent to keep this up. Looking forward to seeing the rest, and I’ll resist heading to fangraphs to see it myself first.

  • MJ

    Cubs have not enough “home-grown” or young talent to keep this up.

    Huh?

  • Kris

    I can deal with it if he comes back next year with a completely healthy shoulder.

    I just don’t see that happening. I still want Aramis around, but we should just count on him being out for a few weeks every season. If it’s minimal and he plays well when he is around, I’ll be happy.

  • Doc Raker

    Hasbro
    2010 salary $10M
    2010 value 2 cents

  • Bradley didn’t make $10M this past year. But don’t let facts get in the way.

  • Actually, he was awful close to $10mil when you factor his signing bonus in.

  • $9 million.

    But I would (as do most others) pro-rate the signing bonus over three years.

  • Dave
    What’s Hasbro due to make in 2010? Note that my post was for 2010, not 2009. You are always so literal, I think the greater point is made.

    I will note that you didn’t dispute Hasbro’s 2010 value.

  • Davood Dehnavifar

    would you reconsider Baker being the starting second baseman if DeRo were back?!?!?!?

  • Yes, but I think I’d rather let the money be spent elsewhere and take my chances with Baker

  • What’s Hasbro due to make in 2010?

    $9M, not $10M.

    And I didn’t dispute Bradley’s value in 2010 because your irrationality makes it impossible to have a conversation with.