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The Daily Beast: Most Overpaid Baseball Players

Most Overpaid Baseball Players

The Daily Beast finds the worst players for the money since the 2000 season.

In figuring the all-overpaid teams The Daily Beast looked at one of the most effective gauges of a baseball player’s impact on his team, a statistic called win-above-replacement. WAR simply tells how many wins the player accounted for compared to an average triple-A minor league call-up. Pujols in 2001 had a WAR of 6.9, meaning that statistically speaking his performance accounted for nearly 7 more wins than an average replacement.

According to Baseball Reference a WAR (wins above replacement player) of around 7 typifies an All-Star, a WAR over 10 makes for an MVP candidate, and a WAR over 15 signals a legendary year.

They looked at the WAR for each player for each season since 2000 and divided that number by each player’s inflation-adjusted salary, with data from Baseball Reference, then selected the best and worst WAR-to-salary performers at each position on the field. With respect to the handful of great designated hitters of the decade past, particularly David Ortiz and Edgar Martinez, they limited this list to position players with at least 100 at bats.

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