Top Ten Bargain Contracts in Baseball

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2. Bryce Harper

Arguably the best player in all of baseball (he did just become the third-youngest National League MVP ever) Bryce Harper is also arguably the biggest bargain of any player in all of baseball. On his way to a 9.5 WAR season in 2015, Harper made only $2.5 million. That means that for every win above replacement, Harper made approximately $250,000. That might just be the greatest bargain of all time for any one player in any one season.

Harper played like the best player in baseball in 2015 and was paid like a bench player. Even better for the Washington Nationals is the fact that Harper is already locked in to make only $5 million next year even after his monstrous 2015 season. It’s too bad for the Nationals that he’ll soon get a contract that will near, or perhaps even exceed, $400 million.

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

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Source: Brian Blanco/Getty Images North America

1. Chris Archer

Arguably the new ace of the Tampa Bay Rays pitching staff, Chris Archer will be that ace for years to come, and at quite a reasonable price. Chris Archer had the best season of his career in 2015, finishing the season with a 5.3 WAR, all while being near the top of the Cy Young vote all season long. Archer’s contract paid him only $1.1 million in 2015 which makes him a massive bargain. At that price and with that production, Archer produced at a level of 1 WAR for every $207,000 he was paid last season. This seems to be far and away the best dollar per WAR value of not only any pitcher, but of any player in all of baseball.

Average Dollar Value per WAR: $207,000 Per 1 WAR

There you have it. Chris Archer and Bryce Harper are the biggest bargain contracts for the 2015 season and beyond. Well that is until Harper gets that $400 million contract we have all heard so much about…

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