10. Andrew McCutchen
Arguably one of the brightest young stars in all of baseball, McCutchen is also one of the biggest bargains, despite a larger annual average salary than anyone else on this list. McCutchen has been the leader of the Pittsburgh Pirates over the last number of years, and has been a consistent producer as well as a consistent team leader.
McCutchen made an even $10 million last season, all while producing 5.8 WAR for the Pirates in center field. This averages out to about $1.7 million per WAR which makes him not as much of a bargain as other players on this list, but still quite a bargain for the kind of player he is. McCutchen is set to make $27 million over the next two seasons and could collect an additional $14.5 million if his 2018 team option is picked up.
Average Dollar Value per WAR: $1.7 million Per 1 WAR
After his almost superhuman postseason effort in 2014, Madison Bumgarner clearly established himself as one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. Even more important for the San Francisco Giants is the fact that Bumgarner is under contract through 2017 with two team option years for 2018 and 2019. Bumgarner is set to make only $21.3 million over the next two seasons and possibly an additional $24 million if both option years are picked up.
Based on his contract for 2015, in which he made $6.8 million for the season, a season in which he produced 5.1 WAR, Bumgarner proved himself to be a big bargain. With his contract and production in mind, Bumgarner’s performance averaged out to about $1.3 million per every 1 WAR produced, which makes him one of the better pitcher bargains in all of baseball.
Average Dollar Value per WAR: $1.3 million Per 1 WAR