Top Ten Bargain Contracts in Baseball

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Source: David Banks/Getty Images North America

8. Chris Sale

While Bryce Harper and Josh Donaldson are arguably the best hitters in all of baseball, the argument could be made that Chris Sale is one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. Sale finished the 2015 season with a WAR of 6.2 for the Chicago White Sox. Sale was also on the third year of a contract that netted him only $6 million in 2015. Sale is set to make only $21.2 million over the next two seasons with two more team option years for a combined $26 million. At around one million per every 1 WAR, Sale was a very dominant pitcher at a very cheap price. While that price tag will increase over the next several years, the dollar value pales in comparison to what Sale would likely get on the free agent market.

Average Dollar Value per WAR: 1 million Per 1 WAR

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Source: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America

7. Jose Quintana

While Chris Sale is the best pitcher for the White Sox, and arguably the best player on the entire team, Quintana is not too far behind on either measure. Similar to the deal that the Indians struck with Carlos Carrasco, the Pale Hose were able to lock down Quintana for the long term after strong performances in the last few years. The White Sox signed Quintana after a 3.5 WAR breakout in 2013, and the contract has almost instantly paid dividends with better seasons in 2014 and 2015.

In 2015, Quintana made only $3.4 million and produced 4.8 WAR for the season. This was an obvious decline in value from his 5.1 WAR season in which he only made $850,000 in 2014, but Quintana’s contract was still a huge bargain in 2015. While his 2014 performance averages out to just over $160,000 per WAR, his 2015 performance averages out to just over $700,000 per WAR which is actually a better bargain in terms of dollar value per WAR than Chris Sale. Quintana is under contract for the next three years at around $21 million with two team options for a combined $22 million. It is unlikely Quintana will be able to match the contract bargain that was his 2014 season, but Quintana still represents quite a bargain contract.

Average Dollar Value per WAR: $700,000 Per 1 WAR

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