Without going into the likelihood of a trade or the reasons (or lack thereof) behind one, I’m interested in gaining some insight into the relative merits of four star players rumored to be on the block: Nolan Arenado, Mookie Betts, Kris Bryant, and Francisco Lindor. We shouldn’t have to go too deeply into the background of each player, as they are four of the very best players in the game, but here are some basics:
|2020 Age||Career PA||Career WAR||2019 wRC+||2019 WAR||2020 WAR|
Before we get into questions of trade value, I’d first like to know which player is better right now. This question is asked without regard for contract size or status. I just want to know who everyone thinks is the best player for this season. In order to limit the number of questions asked, and to prevent anyone having to fill anything out, I have laid out all 24 potential rankings below. You just have to choose the one that matches what you believe:
With that out of the way, I’d like to get into the question of trade value. This isn’t a novel question, and I’m not the first person to propose such a poll. If you’d like, you can consult Kiley McDaniel’s trade value series from July. The question below asks you to rank the players by trade value, taking their contract situation into account. Here are the contract breakdowns for each player:
|Current Contract Years||Dollars||Free Agent After||Opt-Out|
|Nolan Arenado||7||$234 M||2026||After 2021|
|Mookie Betts||1||$27 M||2020||No|
|Kris Bryant||1||$18.6 M||2021||No|
|Francisco Lindor||1||$17.5 M||2021||No|
For these purposes, we’ll assume that Kris Bryant does not win his grievance. The format of the questions is the same, with every possible rank order listed below:
Thank you for all your help. We’ll discuss your responses at the end of the week.
Craig Edwards can be found on twitter @craigjedwards.