Top Ten Bargain Contracts in Baseball

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Source: Denis Poroy/Getty Images North America

4. Paul Goldschmidt

One of the runner-ups to the National League MVP Bryce Harper, and arguably one of the five best players in the entire National League over the last several years, Paul Goldschmidt currently comes as quite a bargain. Goldschmidt has consistently been the best player on the Arizona Diamondbacks roster, and is currently under contract through the 2019 season. In 2015, Goldschmidt made only $3.1 million for the season while producing a WAR of 7.4. This averages out to just over 400,000 per every WAR which puts Goldschmidt as one of the biggest bargains of any offensive player in all of baseball.

Goldschmidt is under contract for the next four seasons at a bargain price of approximately $40 million. An average annual value of $10 million a year for a perennial 5+ WAR player is one of the best bargains you’ll find in baseball.

Average Dollar Value per WAR: $400,000 Per 1 WAR

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Source: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images North America

3. Sean Doolittle

Due to his limited playing time in 2015 because of his time on the disabled list, for the purposes of this research the focus will be on Doolittle’s 2014 season. In 2014, Doolittle produced a WAR of 2.4 while only making $600,000 dollars. This averages out to a cost of only 250,000 per WAR, which clearly makes him the biggest bullpen bargain in all of baseball, and really one of the best bargains in all of baseball. If Doolittle can return healthy in 2016 as well as return to his previous performance, he will be an even better bargain as he is set to make only $8.6 million over the next three seasons with two team option years for a combined $12.5 million beyond that.

Average Dollar Value per WAR: $250,000 Per 1 WAR

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