Bargain Bin: Diving into Baseball’s Best Contracts

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NL East:

Atlanta Braves:
Best: Freddie Freeman – 8 years, $135 million (2014-2022)
FanGraphs Dollar Value: Freeman has been worth $59 million over the first two years of his deal. Freeman still has another seven years left on his deal, which is certainly enough time to reach – and most likely surpass – the current value of his contract.

Miami Marlins:
Best: Dee Gordon – 5 years, $50 million (2016-2020) + 2021 $14 million Club option (guaranteed with 600 PA in 2020 or 1,200 PA in 2019-2020)
FanGraphs Dollar Value: Gordon just signed this deal with the Marlins this offseason, so he still needs to prove himself worth this deal. However, looking at the open-market, this deal seems relatively cheap for a player who was worth nearly $37 million in 2015.

New York Mets:
Best: Curtis Granderson – 4 years, $60 million (2014-2017)
FanGraphs Dollar Value: Granderson’s contract looked like a bust in his first season as a Met, as he was worth only $9.5 million in 2014. However, 2015 was a completely different story as he helped lead the team to the World Series and was worth $41 million. With two-years left on his deal, Granderson should easily surpass the value of his deal.

Philadelphia Phillies:
Best: N/A
FanGraphs Dollar Value: Nothing against the Phillies. They have a really young team and, thus, very few players eligible the way I have chosen to select players. And the contracts that the Phillies do have are not exactly ideal – see Ryan Howard.

Washington Nationals:
Best: Gio Gonzalez – 5 years $42 million (2012-2016) + 2017/2018 options ($12 million each club options) – 2018 guaranteed if 180 IP in 2017
FanGraphs Dollar Value: Gonzalez has been worth about $109 million over the first four years of his current deal. With Gonzalez already well past the current value of his deal, the Nationals must be pleased to have the possibility of having him locked-up for the next three seasons.

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