Bargain Bin: Diving into Baseball’s Best Contracts

Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout makes a catch on a ball hit by Seattle Mariners' Jesus Montero during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ANS109

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

AL West:

Houston Astros:
Best: Carlos Gomez – 3 years, $24 million (2014-2016)
FanGraphs Dollar Value: Gomez has been worth $63 million over the first two years of his deal.
Note: Gomez was traded from the Brewers to the Astros at the trade deadline in 2015.

LA Angels:
Best: Mike Trout – 6 years, $144.5 million (2015-2020)
FanGraphs Dollar Value: Mike Trout was worth over $72 million in 2015 – the first year of his current deal. That is insane, really. If Trout stays healthy he will easily provide a great return on investment for the Angels.

Oakland A’s:
Best: Henderson Alvarez – 1 year, $4.25 million
FanGraphs Dollar Value: This contract is a typical Billy Beane contract. Low-risk/high-reward. Alvarez has had an up-and-down career, but has been worth an average of about $8 million per year over his first five seasons. It is completely reasonable to believe that if Alvarez can stay healthy he will be worth more than $4.25 million to the A’s in 2016.

Seattle Mariners: 

Best: Nelson Cruz – 4 years, $57 million (2015-2018)
FanGraphs Dollar Value: Cruz was worth over $38 million to the Mariners in the first year of his current four-year deal. Not a bad start to his contract. Cruz is only $19 million short of reaching his value and still has another three years remaining on his deal to get there.

Texas Rangers:
Best: Yu Darvish – 6 years, $56 million (2012-2017)
FanGraphs Dollar Value: Darvish missed some of the 2014 season and all of the 2015 season, yet has still been worth over $91 million. The contract has already been a worthwhile investment for the Rangers, but it could have been an even better investment if Darvish was able to stay healthy. The Rangers still have Darvish under a very reasonable contract for the next two seasons.

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