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Mets Contracts

What follows is the list of Mets contracts that I assembled while researching my SI.com piece on David Wright and the Mets history of bad contracts. This is raw data in that the dollars and years listed are the total values of the contracts announced upon their signing, not what the Mets wound up paying or for how long. The seasons and bWAR totals, however, are only those that came with the Mets.

The top 23 contracts (24 with Wright now included) are, best I can tell, the most expensive contracts in Mets history by total dollars. The ten below that (after the break in the chart) are other contracts of lesser value from prior to 1997 that were nonetheless major deals at the time.

Player $ (in millions) Years Seasons bWAR
David Wright $            138.00 8 2013-
Johan Santana $            137.50 6 2008-

14.6

Carlos Beltran $            119.00 7 2005-2011

30.2

Mike Piazza $              91.00 7 1999-2005

17.6

Jason Bay $              66.00 4 2010-2012

1.1

David Wright $              55.00 6 2007-2012

28.8

Pedro Martinez $              53.00 4 2005-2008

7.6

Billy Wagner $              43.00 4 2006-2009

4.7

Tom Glavine $              42.50 3 2003-2006

12.5

Kevin Appier $              42.00 4 2001

3.3

Francisco Rodriguez $              37.00 3 2009-2011

2.5

Bobby Bonilla $              29.00 5 1992-1995

8.9

Robin Ventura $              23.00 3 1999-2001

10.3

Cliff Floyd $              26.00 4 2003-2006

7.0

Luis Castillo $              25.00 4 2008-2010

0.9

Todd Hundley $              21.00 4 1997-1998

2.2

Kazuo Matsui $              20.00 3 2004-2006

0.2

Mike Cameron $              19.50 3 2004-2005

3.0

Bernard Gilkey $              19.40 4 1997-1998

9.6

Roger Cedeño $              18.00 4 2002-2003

-0.9

Todd Zeile $              18.00 3 2000-2001

2.7

Dwight Gooden $              15.45 3 1992-1994

4.8

Bret Saberhagen $              15.38 3 1993-1995

9.7

John Olerud $              14.50 3 1997-1999

16.5

Pete Harnisch $                9.00 3 1995-1997

0.3

Eddie Murray $                7.50 2 1992-1993

2.3

Vince Coleman $              12.00 4 1991-1993

1.7

Frank Viola* $                7.90 3 1989-1991

9.1

Kevin McReynolds $                5.50 3 1989-1991

7.6

Ron Darling $                5.30 3 1989-1991

0.4

Dwight Gooden $                6.70 3 1989-1991

6.6

Keith Hernandez $                8.00 5 1985-1989

14.8

Gary Carter** $              10.60 5 1985-1989

10.3

George Foster $              10.00 5 1982-1986

3.4

*Viola signed a three-year deal with the Twins but was traded to the Mets mid-way through the first season. The contract figures here are for the full contract.

**Carter signed a seven-year deal with the Expos but was traded to the Mets after two seasons. The contract figures here are for Carter’s five years with the Mets only.

Update: the original version of this post listed the total value of Bobby Bonilla’s first Mets contract as $39 million. That was a typo, it was actually $29 million, corrected above.

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2012 in Lists

 

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Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects, 2000-2005, by career bWAR

Player Pos Org. BA Top 10 bWAR*
Ichiro Suzuki RF Mariners 2001 54.6
CC Sabathia LHP Indians 2001 51.0
Mark Teixeira 3B Rangers 2002-03 45.4
Rafael Furcal SS Braves 2000 37.6
Joe Mauer C Twins 2002-05 37.0
Josh Beckett RHP Marlins 2001-02 31.7
Felix Hernandez RHP Mariners 2005 31.5
Jose Reyes SS Mets 2003 29.8
Grady Sizemore CF Indians 2004 26.5
Hanley Ramirez SS Red Sox 2005 26.0
Vernon Wells CF Blue Jays 2000 25.7
Ben Sheets RHP Brewers 2001 24.4
Josh Hamilton CF Devil Rays 2001 23.3
Carlos Peña 1B A’s 2002 23.3
Alexis Rios CF Blue Jays 2004 23.3
Brandon Phillips SS Indians 2003 20.6
Prince Fielder 1B Brewers 2004 19.7
Francisco Rodriguez RHP Angels 2003 18.7
Hideki Matsui CF Yankees 2003 18.6
Pat Burrell 1B Phillies 2000 16.4
Scott Kazmir LHP Devil Rays 2005 15.2
Mark Prior RHP Cubs 2002 15.0
Gavin Floyd RHP Phillies 2003 13.9
B.J. Upton SS Devil Rays 2004 13.6
Nick Johnson 1B Yankees 2000-01 13.3
Jose Contreras RHP Yankees 2003 12.0
Rickie Weeks 2B Brewers 2004-05 12.0
Hank Blalock 3B Rangers 2002 11.6
Edwin Jackson RHP Dodgers 2004 11.4
Rocco Baldelli CF Devil Rays 2003 9.1
Rick Ankiel LHP Cardinals 2000 8.2
Corey Patterson CF Cubs 2000-01 7.6
Casey Kotchman 1B Angels 2005 6.5
Jon Rauch RHP White Sox 2001 6.2
John Patterson RHP D’backs 2000 5.0
Sean Burroughs 3B Padres 2000-02 4.8
Juan Cruz RHP Cubs 2002 4.6
Kazuo Matsui SS Mets 2004 4.5
Ian Stewart 3B Rockies 2005 3.3
Wilson Betemit SS Braves 2002 2.3
Delmon Young RF Devil Rays 2004-05 0.6
Drew Henson 3B Yankees 2002 0.0
Ruben Mateo CF Rangers 2000 -0.2
Jesse Foppert RHP Giants 2003 -0.5
Joel Guzman SS Dodgers 2005 -0.6
Andy Marte 3B Braves 2005 -1.8
Ryan Anderson LHP Mariners 2000-01 -
Greg Miller LHP Dodgers 2004 -

*Baseball-Reference’s Wins Above Replacement, career totals through the 2012 season

You can see Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects lists from 1991 to 2011 here.

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2012 in Lists

 

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Slash-Stat Triple Crown Winners

Here are the 46 instances of a hitter leading his league in all three slash stats (batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage), a concept I dubbed the “Slash-Stat Triple Crown” in a post for SI.com’s Fungoes blog in September 2007. Italics indicate the hitter led the majors in that category.

Year
Player
POS
Team
Lg.
AVG
OBP
SLG
2013
Miguel Cabrera
3B
Tigers
AL
.348
.442
.636
2009
Joe Mauer
C
Twins
AL
.365
.444
.587
2004
Barry Bonds
LF
Giants
NL
.362
.609
.812
2002
Barry Bonds
LF
Giants
NL
.370
.582
.799
2000
Todd Helton
1B
Rockies
NL
.372
.463
.698
1999
Larry Walker
RF
Rockies
NL
.379
.458
.710
1980
George Brett
3B
Royals
AL
.390
.454
.664
1979
Fred Lynn
CF
Red Sox
AL
.333
.423
.637
1967
Carl Yastrzemski
LF
Red Sox
AL
.326
.418
.622
1966
Frank Robinson
RF
Orioles
AL
.316
.410
.637
1957
Ted Williams
LF
Red Sox
AL
.388
.526
.731
1948
Stan Musial
RF
Cardinals
NL
.376
.450
.702
1948
Ted Williams
LF
Red Sox
AL
.369
.497
.615
1947
Ted Williams
LF
Red Sox
AL
.343
.499
.634
1943
Stan Musial
RF
Cardinals
NL
.357
.425
.562
1942
Ted Williams
LF
Red Sox
AL
.356
.499
.648
1941
Ted Williams
LF
Red Sox
AL
.406
.553
.735
1938
Jimmie Fox
1B
Red Sox
AL
.349
.462
.704
1935
Arky Vaughan
SS
Pirates
NL
.385
.491
.607
1934
Lou Gehrig
1B
Yankees
AL
.363
.465
.706
1933
Chuck Klein
RF
Phillies
NL
.368
.422
.602
1928
Rogers Hornsby
2B
Cardinals
NL
.387
.498
.632
1925
Rogers Hornsby
2B
Cardinals
NL
.403
.489
.756
1924
Babe Ruth
RF
Yankees
AL
.378
.513
.739
1924
Rogers Hornsby
2B
Cardinals
NL
.424
.507
.696
1923
Rogers Hornsby
2B
Cardinals
NL
.384
.459
.627
1922
Rogers Hornsby
2B
Cardinals
NL
.401
.459
.722
1921
Rogers Hornsby
2B
Cardinals
NL
.397
.458
.639
1920
Rogers Hornsby
2B
Cardinals
NL
.370
.431
.559
1917
Ty Cobb
CF
Tigers
AL
.383
.444
.570
1916
Tris Speaker
CF
Red Sox
AL
.386
.470
.502
1914
Ty Cobb
CF
Tigers
AL
.368
.466
.513
1910
Sherry Magee
LF
Phillies
NL
.331
.445
.507
1909
Ty Cobb
CF
Tigers
AL
.377
.431
.517
1909
Honus Wagner
SS
Pirates
NL
.339
.420
.489
1908
Honus Wagner
SS
Pirates
NL
.354
.415
.542
1907
Honus Wagner
SS
Pirates
NL
.350
.408
.513
1906
George Stone
LF
Browns
AL
.358
.417
.501
1904
Honus Wagner
SS
Pirates
NL
.349
.423
.520
1904
Nap Lajoie
2B
Cleveland Naps
AL
.376
.413
.546
1901
Nap Lajoie
2B
Athletics
AL
.426
.463
.643
1891
Dan Brouthers
1B
Boston Reds
AA
.350
.471
.512
1882
Tip O’Neill
LF
St. Louis Browns
AA
.435
.490
.691
1883
Dan Brouthers
1B
Buffalo Bisons
NL
.374
.397
.572
1882
Dan Brouthers
1B
Buffalo Bisons
NL
.368
.403
.547
1882
Pete Browning
2B
Louisville Eclipse
AA
.378
.430
.510
1880
Piano Legs Gore
CF
White Stockings
NL
.360
.399
.463
 
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