Below is a look at how valuable every player was to the Rays this season in relation to their salary.
We determined each players value on the field using WAR (Wins Above Replacement; via Fangraphs.com). That number is then converted to dollars (1 Win = ~$4.5 million based on how much teams pay for talent on the free agent market). We then compared each player’s value on the field to their salary (salaries for players not with the Rays all season were prorated).
In short, Value = WAR$ – Salary.
If a player has a positive value in the chart below, their on-field production (WAR$) was greater than what the Rays paid that player. In other words, that player was worth more to the Rays than what they paid him. On the other hand, if a player has a negative value, the Rays paid more than he was worth.
For example, Ben Zobrist had a $4.5 million salary this season. However, his 5.9 WAR was worth $26.4 million in production (the Rays would have to spend roughly $26.4 million on free agents to replace Zobrist’s production. Yes, he’s that good.). Therefore, Zobrist was worth $21.9 million more to the Rays than what they paid him.
Here is the VALUE for every player that was on the roster this season. There are probably not a lot of surprises on here, but it does give you a good sense of whom the Rays’ most (and least) valuable players really are (values in millions)…