Are the Yanks getting their money's worth?

July, 11, 2014
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How much value are the Yankees getting out of their highest-paid players in 2014?

The answer: very little.

We used Fangraphs as a reference, and the results aren’t pretty.

Note that the middle category, “value,” represents what they should be making this season. We know there’s a love/hate relationship with WAR, but for our purposes, this is how “value” is computed. We also realize this isn’t the end-all-be-all method to evaluate these players, but we found it interesting, and perhaps, you will too.

1. CC Sabathia: 0.2 WAR, $1.1 million value, $12.9 million actual salary
2. Mark Teixeira: 0.9 WAR, $4.9 million value, $12.6 million actual salary
3. Masahiro Tanaka 3.2 WAR, $17.5 million value, $12.3 million actual salary
4. Jacoby Ellsbury 2.0 WAR, $10.9 million value, $11.8 million actual salary
5. Brian McCann 0.9 WAR, $5 million value, $9.5 million actual salary
6. Hiroki Kuroda 1.6 WAR, $8.9 million value, $9 million actual salary
7. Carlos Beltran -0.8 WAR, -$4.5 million value, $8.4 million actual salary
8. Derek Jeter 0.7 WAR, $3.6 million value, $6.7 million actual salary

In total: 8.7 WAR, $47.7 million value, $83.2 million actual salary.

Also, note that the actual salary is prorated, based on approximately 56 percent of the season being played.

For comparison:
WAR Leader Mike Trout: 5.3 WAR, $29 million value, $560K million actual salary

To be fair, Tanaka, before going down with a partially torn UCL, has been everything the Yankees could’ve asked for and more, while Ellsbury has performed admirably -- hitting out of the No. 3 slot in the batting order.

Otherwise, it’s been little bang for a lot of buck.

Mike Mazzeo

ESPN New York Writer

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146