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BBB Debates: Aaron Judge in the Leadoff spot

With Opening Day just six days away at this point, the Yankees 25-man roster is coming clearer into focus.  What may not be clear, just yet, is the batting order that Aaron Boone will roll out next Thursday when the Yankees take the field against J.A. Happ and the rival Toronto Blue Jays. Today, Boone may have peeled back the curtain a bit into what exactly he might be planning.

In a few minutes, the Yankees will take the field against the Boston Red Sox in one of their final games of the 2018 Spring Training season (TV: YES, ESPN).  You may have noticed already, but Boone is batting 2017 American League MVP Runner-Up and 2017 American League Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge in the leadoff spot today versus Boston left-hander Brian Johnson. Yankees vs. Red Sox today at 1:05pm on @YESNetwork and ESPN pic.twitter.com/oOJIADjqcH — Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) March 23, 2018

Said Yankee manager Aaron Boone on if this would be a recurring theme throughout the season?: “I have thought about it…

Are The Yankees Getting Their Money’s Worth From Their Players?

One of my personal favorite baseball websites I like to go on sometimes is FanGraphs. FanGraphs not only gives you so many stats you don’t know where to begin, but can also give you future projections for any player. One of my favorite parts of FanGraphs is when you scroll all the way down on a player’s profile it has a section called value and it gives you an estimate on how much a player has been worth during the season. Not only does it give you the value of a player for every season they’ve played, it also gives you their actual salary to see if they’ve been playing to what they’re getting paid.

For this article I thought I would show the comparisons to see how much the Yankees are getting their money’s worth (All value salaries are based off of a player’s WAR and the WAR is converted to a dollar scale based on what a player would make in free agency).

Player              Value (In Millions)                  Actual Salary (In Millions)
Brett Gardner                       $21.0                                     $12.0
Alex Rodriguez                      $20.9                                     $21.0
Mark Teixeira                        $20.6                                     $22.5
Jacoby Ellsbury                      $8.1                                       $21.1
Brian McCann                       $17.5                                     $17.0
Chase Headley                      $10.7                                     $13.0
Carlos Beltran                       $0.9                                       $15.0
Didi Gregorious                    $10.2                                     $0.55
Stephen Drew                      $1.4                                        $5.0
Michael Pineda                    $24.1                                      $2.1
Masahiro Tanaka                 $8.2                                       $22.0
Ivan Nova                            $1.8                                       $3.3
CC Sabathia                          $5.6                                        $23.0
Nathan Eovaldi                    $16.6                                      $3.3
Dellin Betances                    $16.4                                       $0.5
Andrew Miller                      $7.1                                         $9.0
John Ryan Murphy              $2.9                                         $0.51
Brendan Ryan                      $1.1                                         $2.0
Chris Young                          $11.2                                       $2.5
Chasen Shreve                    $5.4                                          $0.51
Justin Wilson                        $5.6                                         $0.5
Adam Warren                      $9.8                                         $0.57
TOTALS                                $227.1                                    $196.94
Now obviously the actual contracts don’t include the incentives that can be earned, but out of the main players this season the team overall is worth more than what they’re getting paid. Granted all the pre-arbitration players are the main reason for that, but still good to see. All we can hope now is that at the end of the season we’re in the same situation.

Article by: Julian Bussells
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