Rangers Get Biggest Bang For Their Buck

**ORIGINAL POSTED DATE 9/14/12**

The offseason between the 2010 and 2011 seasons saw crazy money thrown around to big-time players, including: Cliff Lee, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Jayson Werth, Adam Dunn and one Adrian Beltre.

I thought this would be a good time to go ahead and look at the value of those players to date. 

I used Jon Heyman’s preview article to come up with 10 players who were supposed to be the best 10 available. I established “value” with the understanding that WAR on the free agent market is worth roughly $5M per win. The contracts don’t include vesting options.  
*Pena signed one-year deal with Cubs in 2011. In 2012, he signed with the Rays for one-year, 7.25 million.

At first glance, it is easy to see that Beltre will be able to fulfill his contract with relative ease (barring injury), while only Adrian Gonzalez and Cliff Lee have a slim chance to fulfill theirs.

As much as Ranger fans should be excited about Beltre honoring his contract with his play on the field, they also need to be concerned with signing free agents to long-term contracts. Keep this table in mind when the offseason starts in less than two months, and the Rangers have to think about paying Josh Hamilton and/or Mike Napoli.

The response to long-term contracts should be the same as to drugs, “Just Say No.”   

Eddie Middlebrook is the Chat Coordinator and Junior Staff Writer for ShutDowninning. He can be reached at Eddie.Middlebrook@ShutDowninning.com or on Twitter @emiddlebrook 

Eddie Middlebrook
Eddie Middlebrook is Senior Writer for @ballparkbanter9 and @shutdowninning. Formerly with @wfaasports and @FoxSportsSW. @IBWAA member. Eddie can be found on Twitter @emiddlebrook.

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