posted at 11/1/2013 4:24 PM EDT
In response to S5's comment:
Five of the top 25 highest paid players in baseball are OF’s. I found it interesting that every one of these players has had a year when they had an ‘outlier’ in number of games played. The outliers ranged form 31 games played (CC IN 2012) to 109 (AS in 2008). Taking their 6-year averages (because that’s how long Ellsbury has been a starter in MLB) and throwing out their outlier year this is the number of average games played per year for the five highest paid OF's (and Ellsbury) in MLB and career stats.
Salary Ave Games/year Career BA/OBP/OPS
V. Wells $21MM 128 .270/.379/.778
M. Kemp $20.75MM 124 .293/.350/.844
C Crawford $20MM 133 .232/.439/.771
A Soriano $19MM 135 .264/.317/.81
J. Hamilton $17.4MM 134 .235/.354/.880
J Ellsbury ??MM 133 .297/.350/.789
Of these top five highest paid OF's Ellsbury would be first in BA, 3rd in OBP, and 4th in OPS. That's why these low-ball "offers" of 4/$60 aren't going to cut it - and shouldn't. A fair salary for a guy with Ells numbers is in the $20MM a year range.
If someone doesn't want to pay Ells what comparative salaries say he's worth that's fine but you have to pay for quality to get quality. You're not going to walk into Shula's Steak House and get a burger for the price of one at McDonalds.
Very good..... 2O mil...... So what does Ells bring us in the years ahead? Playing your stupid stats game does not call for greatness in the years to come? Then your stupid stats would be different.? Very risky and most fail..... Enjoy your burger stats guy !!!!