Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Twenty stats about Reds players and their salaries that will boggle your mind

It's no secret that professional baseball players get compensated very well. But have you ever really sat down and crunched the numbers? If not, you would probably be surprised to know just how much various players make based on their production and other factors.

Here are 20 stats about Reds players that will likely rack your brain:

+ Joey Votto hit 24 home runs this season. Considering he earned a salary of $17 million, the cost per home run to the Reds was $708,333.

+ Votto made approximately $104,938 per game and $23,415 per at-bat.

+ Votto was the 23rd-highest player in MLB this year. However, he made more than every NFL player except Peyton Manning, Elvis Dumervil, and Dwight Freeney.

+ It would take the average person on unemployment 58,020 weeks (1,115 years) to make what Votto made this year.

+ Brandon Phillips earned a salary of $10 million in 2013. This means he makes $833,333 per month, $192,307 per week, $27,397 per day, and $1,141 per hour.

+ Phillips represented 9.35 percent of the team's payroll, but only contributed to 3.72 percent of the team's on-field performance, which technically measures him to be overpaid.

+ Similiarly, Bronson Arroyo accounted for 15.38 percent of the team's payroll, but just 5.81 percent of the the team's on-field performance, which also makes him overpaid by this standard.

+ Arroyo earned $1.175 million per win (14) this year and $81,436 per inning pitched (202).

+ With a 2013 salary of $7.5 million, Jay Bruce earned $250,000 per home run (30) and $10,760 per at-bat.

+ Shin-Soo Choo's salary was $7.38 million, which means he made $47,922 per game played (154), and $45,555 per hit (162).

+ Aroldis Chapman earned $17,857 per strikeout (112) and $52,631 per save (38). His 2013 salary was just $2 million.

+ Mat Latos was worth twice what the Reds paid him. His $4.25 million salary represented 3.97 percent of the payroll, but his on-field performance represented 8.84 percent of the team's performance.

+ Believe it or not, Todd Frazier was worth 12 times what the Reds paid him. He accounted for 6.28 percent of the team's production, but represented just 0.49 percent of the payroll.

+ Frazier earned just $879 per at-bat and only $27,763 per home run.

+ Tony Cingrani was worth 10 times as much as the salary he earned ($500,000). He raked in $21,739 per game (23) and just $4,798 per inning pitched (104.2).

+ It is only due to injury, but Johnny Cueto was vastly overpaid this season ($7.4 million). He earned a whopping $1.48 million per win (5) and $122,924 per inning pitched (60.2).

+ A good case could be made that Jonathan Broxton was the least valuable player on the roster. He accounted for 3.74 percent of the payroll ($4 million), but -0.93 percent of the team's on-field performance.

+ Like Broxton, Sean Marshall also received more compensation than he was worth. He earned $4.5 million in 2013 despite pitching in just 16 games. In those games, he threw just 10.1 innings, which amounts to $445,545 per inning!

+ Ryan Ludwick hit two home runs in an injury-plagued season. He made a salary of $2 million. That equates to $1 million per home run, folks.

Sam LeCure is extremely valuable. With a salary of $510,000, he made $8,095 per game (63), and $7,727 per strikeout (66).


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