Sunday, July 18, 2010

Top 50: Omissions & Revisions

Whenever sharing opinions of who’s better, who’s best in baseball, like in the very good reading & reference book: Elliot Kalb’s Who’s Better, Who’s Best in Baseball?, debate will be sparked.

Last night, at 11:40pm, we published our list of Top 50 Baseball Players. Three hours and nine minutes later, 2:49am, the slightly used comment board perked up with a post from good friend and reader, Jason, who said…
"I don't think you can have a pitcher in the top 10. Way to injury prone (Wood, Zambrano, Prior, Peavey, Beckett, etc.)

Longoria has to be 1 with that cheap contract. Also, where's Jason Heyward?

You need to do the opposite post too starring Alfonso Soriano."
Let’s forget, for a minute, the first point about pitchers being injury prone. Also, we’ll forget, for much longer than a minute, about the last suggestion of 50 least valuable players. Let’s focus on the “Also” part of the second line. Where’s Jason Heyward?

Reading those words made me grateful for our work environment around the ol’ blog being very forgiving with oversights, lack of adequate research, and the occasional disregard for basic journalistic fundamentals. An editor would have been handy on that. Heck, and editor RIGHT NOW would be handy to make sure this piece isn’t worth less than the paper it’s not being printed on. So please, kind readers, if you're a fan of anyone who should be listed here, please let us know. Be heard!

As I responded on the comment board, Heyward settled comfortably at #5 on our current Top 50 board. I’m also glad that we mentioned last night that the list “could change from day to day, or certainly month to month”.

It is in that spirit that we quickly share an updated snapshot of the list.

The only change is Heyward listed at #5. Sadly, this leaves prized prospect Logan Morrison off the list to #51. For those of you who’ve wondered, #52 is Pittsburgh Pirate, and former Vanderbilt Commodore, Pedro Alvarez.

50. Aroldis Chapman, Reds, 6 years/$30.25M (2010-15)
49. Yovani Gallardo, Brewers, 5 years/$30.1M (2010-14), plus ‘15 club opt
48. Justin Smoak, Mariners, 1 year/$0.400M (2010)
47. Brian Matusz, Orioles, 4 years/$3,472,500 (2008-11)
46. Cliff Lee, Rangers, 1 year/$8M (2010)
45. Domonic Brown, Phillies (m)
44. Ian Kinsler, Rangers, 5 years/$22M (2008-12), plus ‘13 club opt
43. Brian McCann, Braves, 6 years/$26.8M (2007-12), plus ‘13 club opt
42. Josh Hamilton, Rangers, 1 year/$3.25M (2010)
41. Prince Fielder, Brewers, 2 year/$18M (2009-10)
40. Phil Hughes, Yankees, 1 year/$0.447M (2010)
39. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates, 1 year/$0.4225M (2010)
38. Buster Posey, Giants, 1 year/$0.4M (2010)
37. Jay Bruce, Reds, 1 year/$0.44M (2010)
36. Colby Rasmus, Cardinals, 1 year/$0.418M (2010)
35. Matt Wieters, Orioles, 1 year/$0.4M (2010)
34. Shin-Soo Choo, Indians, 1 year/$0.4611M (2010)
33. Justin Morneau, Twins, 6 years/$80M (2008-13)
32. Mat Latos, Padres, 1 year/$0.4078M (2010)
31. Carlos Santana, Indians, 1 year/$0.4M (2010)
30. Tommy Hanson, Braves, 1 year/$0.435M (2010)
29. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers, 1 year/$0.44M (2010)
28. Joe Mauer, Twins, 8 years/$184M (2011-18)
27. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals, 4 years/$15M (2008-11), plus ‘12-‘13 club opts
26. Carl Crawford, Rays, 1 year/$10M (2010 Option)
25. Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox, 4 years/$41.125M (2009-12), plus ‘13 club opt
24. Justin Verlander, Tigers, 5 years/$80M (2010-14)
23. Chase Utley, Phillies, 7 years/$85M (2007-13)
22. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox, 6 years/$40.5M (2009-14), plus ‘15 club option
21. Francisco Liriano, Twins, 1 year/$1.6M (2010)
20. Adrian Gonzalez, Padres, 4 years/$9.5M (2007-10), plus ‘11 club option
19. Zack Greinke, Royals, 4 years/$38M (2009-12)
18. David Price, Rays, 6 years/$8.5M (2007-12)
17. Roy Halladay, Phillies, 3 years/$60M (2011-13), plus ‘14 option
16. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers, 8 years/$152.3M (2008-15)
15. David Wright, Mets, 6 years/$55M (2007-2012), plus ‘13 club option
14. Robinson Cano, Yankees, 4 years/$30M (2008-11), plus ‘12-‘13 club options
13. Tim Lincecum, Giants, 2 years/$23M (2010-11)
12. Albert Pujols, Cardinals, 7 years/$100M (2004-10), plus ‘11 club option
11. Felix Hernandez, Mariners, 5 years/$78M (2010-14)
10. Jon Lester, Red Sox, 5 years/$30M (2009-13), plus ‘14 club option
9. Joey Votto, Reds, 1 year/$0.55M (2010)
8. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals, 5 years/$45M (2009-13)
7. Josh Johnson, Marlins, 4 years/$39M (2010-13)
6. Ubaldo Jimenez, Rockies, 4 years/$10M (2009-12), plus ‘13-14 club options
5. Jason Heyward, Braves, 1 year/$0.4M (2010)
4. Ryan Braun, Brewers, 8 years/$45M (2008-15)
3. Evan Longoria, Rays, 6 years/$17.5M (2008-13), plus ‘14-‘16 club options
2. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins, 6 years/$70M (2009-14)
1. Stephen Strasburg, Nationals, 4 years/$15.1M (2009-12)


As Always, all contract numbers provided by Cot's Baseball Contracts.

1 comment:

  1. Bad contracts can almost as harmful as good contracts can be helpful

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