Bargain Bin: Diving into Baseball’s Best Contracts

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NL Central:

Chicago Cubs:
Best: Anthony Rizzo – 7 years, $41 million (2013-2019) + 2020/2021 $14.5 million club options
FanGraphs Dollar Value: Rizzo has been worth over $101 million during the first three years of his current deal. The Cubs have the rising star locked up for another six years at a phenomenal price.

Cincinnati Reds:
Best: Raisel Iglesias – 7 years, $27 million (2014-2020)
FanGraphs Dollar Value: Iglesias is not exactly a known commodity. But the Reds had enough faith in his ability to give him a long-term deal with very little major league experience. Iglesias rewarded the Reds as he was worth $13 million as a rookie in 2015.

Milwaukee Brewers:
Best: Jonathan Lucroy – 5 years, $11 million (2012-2016) + 2017 $5.25 million club option
FanGraphs Dollar Value: Lucroy has been worth over $101 million over the first four years of his current deal. And let’s point out that he missed most of the 2015 season with injuries. Saying that Lucroy is a bargain might be an understatement. The Brewers absolutely crushed this deal.

Pittsburgh Pirates:
Best: Andrew McCutchen – 6 years, $51.5 million (2012-2017) + 2018 $14.5 million club option
FanGraphs Dollar Value: McCutchen has been worth over $205 million over the first four years of his deal. McCutchen is one of the best players in the game today and the Pirates have to be thrilled to have him under such a reasonable contract for the next three years. McCutchen should continue to exceed his worth – by a lot.

St. Louis Cardinals:
Best: Matt Carpenter – 6 years, $52 million (2014-2019) + 2020 $18.5 million club option
FanGraphs Dollar Value: Carpenter has been worth over $71 million during the first two years of his deal. Carpenter has already exceeded expectations and the Cardinals still have him locked-up for another five years.

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