MLB Free Agency Dollars to Date

I had hoped to report out on MLB’s end-of-year player payrolls for 2010 (here’s last year’s), but the numbers haven’t been released yet. Instead, here are the free agency dollars spent to date this off-season, which includes total dollars as well as salary for 2010

Jeremy Accardo RP Toronto Baltimore $1,080,000 $1,080,000
Rod Barajas C LA Dodgers LA Dodgers $3,250,000 $3,250,000
Joaquin Benoit RP Tampa Bay Detroit $16,500,000 $5,500,000
Lance Berkman RF NY Yankees St. Louis $8,000,000 $8,000,000
Henry Blanco C NY Mets Arizona $1,250,000 $1,250,000
Geoff Blum 3B Houston Arizona $2,700,000 $1,350,000
John Buck C Toronto Florida $18,000,000 $4,500,000
Pat Burrell LF San Francisco San Francisco $1,000,000 $1,000,000
Miguel Cairo 3B Cincinnati Cincinnati $2,000,000 $1,000,000
D.J. Carrasco RP Arizona NY Mets $2,500,000 $1,200,000
Randy Choate RP Tampa Bay Florida $2,500,000 $1,000,000
Jose Contreras RP Philadelphia Philadelphia $5,500,000 $2,500,000
Kevin Correia SP San Diego Pittsburgh $8,000,000 $3,000,000
Jesse Crain RP Minnesota Chicago Sox $13,000,000 $4,000,000
Carl Crawford LF Tampa Bay Boston $142,000,000 $14,000,000
Jack Cust LF Oakland Seattle $2,500,000 $2,500,000
Jorge De La Rosa SP Colorado Colorado $21,500,000 $9,500,000
Matt Diaz OF Atlanta Pittsburgh $4,250,000 $2,000,000
Scott Downs RP Toronto LA Angels $15,000,000 $5,000,000
Adam Dunn 1B Washington Chicago Sox $56,000,000 $12,000,000
Edwin Encarnacion 1B Oakland Toronto $2,500,000 $2,500,000
Pedro Feliciano RP NY Mets NY Yankees $8,000,000 N/A
Jon Garland SP San Diego LA Dodgers $5,000,000 $5,000,000
Matt Guerrier RP Minnesota LA Dodgers $12,000,000 $1,500,000
Tony Gwynn OF San Diego LA Dodgers $675,000 $675,000
Bill Hall LF Boston Houston $3,250,000 $3,250,000
Aaron Harang SP Cincinnati San Diego $4,000,000 $4,000,000
Ramon Hernandez C Cincinnati Cincinnati $3,000,000 $3,000,000
Aubrey Huff 1B San Francisco San Francisco $22,000,000 $10,000,000
Bobby Jenks RP Chicago Sox Boston $12,000,000 N/A
Derek Jeter SS NY Yankees NY Yankees $51,000,000 $15,000,000
Paul Konerko 1B Chicago Sox Chicago Sox $37,500,000 $12,000,000
Hiroki Kuroda SP LA Dodgers LA Dodgers $12,000,000 $12,000,000
Gerald Laird C Detroit St. Louis $1,000,000 $1,000,000
Cliff Lee SP Texas Philadelphia $120,000,000 $11,000,000
Russell Martin C LA Dodgers NY Yankees $4,000,000 $4,000,000
Victor Martinez C Boston Detroit $50,000,000 $12,000,000
Hideki Matsui LF LA Angels Oakland $4,250,000 $4,250,000
Melvin Mora 3B Colorado Arizona $2,000,000 $2,000,000
Dustin Moseley SP NY Yankees San Diego $900,000 $900,000
Xavier Nady RF Chicago Cubs Arizona $1,750,000 $1,750,000
Dioner Navarro C Tampa Bay LA Dodgers $1,000,000 $1,000,000
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 2B Japan Minnesota $9,000,000 $3,000,000
Miguel Olivo C Toronto Seattle $7,000,000 N/A
Magglio Ordonez RF Detroit Detroit $10,000,000 $10,000,000
Lyle Overbay 1B Toronto Pittsburgh $5,000,000 $5,000,000
Vicente Padilla SP LA Dodgers LA Dodgers $2,000,000 $2,000,000
Ronny Paulino C Florida NY Mets $1,300,000 $1,300,000
Carlos Pena 1B Tampa Bay Chicago Cubs $10,000,000 $10,000,000
Jhonny Peralta SS Detroit Detroit $11,250,000 $5,250,000
Joel Peralta RP Washington Tampa Bay $950,000 $950,000
A.J. Pierzynski C Chicago Sox Chicago Sox $8,000,000 $2,000,000
J.J. Putz RP Chicago Sox Arizona $10,000,000 $4,000,000
Mariano Rivera RP NY Yankees NY Yankees $30,000,000 $15,000,000
Ryan Rowland-Smith SP Seattle Houston $725,000 $725,000
George Sherrill RP LA Dodgers Atlanta $1,200,000 $1,200,000
Hisanori Takahashi SP NY Mets LA Angels $8,000,000 $3,800,000
Miguel Tejada SS San Diego San Francisco $6,500,000 $6,500,000
Yorvit Torrealba C San Diego Texas $6,250,000 $3,000,000
Matt Treanor C Texas Texas $850,000 $850,000
Koji Uehara RP Baltimore Baltimore $3,000,000 $3,000,000
Juan Uribe 2B San Francisco LA Dodgers $21,000,000 $5,000,000
Jason Varitek C Boston Boston $2,000,000 $2,000,000
Javier Vazquez SP NY Yankees Florida $7,000,000 $7,000,000
Jayson Werth OF Philadelphia Washington $126,000,000 $10,000,000
Jake Westbrook SP St. Louis St. Louis $16,500,000 $8,000,000
Ty Wigginton 3B Baltimore Colorado $8,000,000 $4,000,000
Kerry Wood RP NY Yankees Chicago Cubs $1,500,000 $1,500,000


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And the dollars per WAR is?


… seemingly highly dependent on the player’s expected WAR. Lower WAR guys are available on the cheap ($/WAR).

If my counting is right, something like 42 guys on the list ned to put up 1 WAR or less to “earn their contract” (Assuming ~5M/WAR).

It appears that we’re seeing a “class system” in terms of $/WAR. The higher end guys are costing more per WAR than the lower end guys.


Wouldn’t it work better to say it is something closer to 4M/WAR+1M? I mean most of the players making under $2M really look like their true talent level is below half a win. Also the top end players are getting closer to 4M/WAR even though all of the 1 win pitchers are making 5M/year.


Yeah, I might have that one turned around.