THE AVERAGE COST OF THE BEST PITCHING PERFORMANCES OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS

I looked at the last 10 years for this data and used the criteria of a minimum of 4.0 WAR for starters and 2.0 for relievers.

2008 SP

TEAM PLAYER WAR SALARY

ARI Dan Haren 6.1 $4,050,000

ARI Brandon Webb 5.7 $5,500,000

BAL Jeremy Guthrie 4.1 $770,000

BOS Jon Lester 6.1 $421,500

BOS Daisuke Matsuzaka 5.4 $8,333,333

CHC Ryan Dempster 6.9 $7,333,333

CHC Ted Lilly 4.0 $8,000,000

CHC Carlos Zambrano 4.2 $16,000,000

CWS Mark Buehrle 4.5 $14,000,000

CWS John Danks 6.4 $400,000

CIN Edinson Volquez 4.7 $392,500

CLE Cliff Lee 6.8 $4,000,000

COL Aaron Cook 4.4 $5,125,000

DET Armando Galarraga 4.0 $392,500

NYY Mike Mussina 5.1 $11,071,029

TOR Roy Halladay 6.2 $10,000,000

MIN Scott Baker 4.4 $422,500

KC Zack Greinke 5.3 $1,400,000

KC Gil Meche 4.9 $11,400,000

LAA Ervin Santana 5.1 $420,000

LAA Joe Saunders 4.7 $425,000

SEA Felix Hernandez 4.0 $540,000

PHI Cole Hamels 4.3 $500,000

NYM Johan Santana 7.1 $16,984,216

CLE/NYM CC Sabathia 4.9 $11,000,000

MIL Ben Sheets 4.4 $12,125,000

PIT Paul Maholm 4.0 $424,500

LAD Chad Billingsley 4.8 $415,000

LAD Derek Lowe 4.5 $10,000,000

SFG Matt Cain 4.5 $950,000

SFG Tim Lincecum 7.8 $405,000

SDP Jake Peavy 4.0 $6,500,000

AVERAGE SALARY: $5,303,137.84

2008 RP

TEAM PLAYER WAR SALARY

BAL Jim Johnson 2.3 $390,000

BOS Justin Masterson 2.4 $390,000

BOS Hideki Okajima 2.1 $1,275,000

CHC Carlos Marmol 2.7 $430,000

CWS Bobby Jenks 2.5 $550,000

CWS Matt Thornton 2.4 $875,000

COL Taylor Buchholz 2.0 $399,000

COL Brian Fuentes 2.1 $5,050,000

TB Grant Balfour 2.9 $392,500

TB J.P. Howell 2.4 $397,400

NYY Mariano Rivera 4.3 $15,000,000

TOR Scott Downs 2.8 $2,250,000

MIN Joe Nathan 3.3 $6,000,000

KC Ramon Ramirez 2.4 $397,000

KC Joakim Soria 3.6 $426,500

LAA Jose Arredondo 2.3 $397,400

LAA Francisco Rodriguez 2.5 $10,000,000

OAK Brad Ziegler 2.8 $397,400

PHI Brad Lidge 2.4 $6,350,000

LAD Hung-Chih-Kuo 2.6 $392,000

AVERAGE SALARY: $2,587,960

2009 SP

TEAM PLAYER WAR SALARY

NYY A.J. Burnett 4.5 $16,500,000

NYY CC Sabathia 6.2 $15,285,714

BOS Josh Beckett 5.0 $11,166,666

BOS Jon Lester 6.2 $1,000,000

DET Edwin Jackson 4.2 $2,200,000

DET Justin Verlander 5.5 $3,675,000

CWS Mark Buehrle 5.3 $14,000,000

CWS John Danks 5.1 $520,000

CWS Gavin Floyd 4.1 $750,000

CLE Cliff Lee 4.3 $6,000,000

KC Zack Greinke 10.4 $3,750,000

TEX Kevin Millwood 4.7 $12,868,892

SEA Felix Hernandez 5.9 $3,800,000

PHI J.A. Happ 4.2 $405,000

FLA Josh Johnson 6.7 $1,400,000

ATL Tommy Hanson 3.9 $400,000

ATL Jair Jurrjens 6.6 $450,000

ATL Javier Vazquez 6.2 $11,500,000

STL Chris Carpenter 6.5 $13,302,583

STL Adam Wainwright 6.3 $2,787,500

CHC Ted Lilly 5.0 $13,000,000

CHC Randy Wells 4.2 $402,000

LAD Clayton Kershaw 4.7 $404,400

COL Ubaldo Jimenez 5.5 $750,000

SF Matt Cain 6.1 $2,900,000

SF Tim Lincecum 7.4 $650,000

ARI Dan Haren 6.5 $7,500,000

AVERAGE SALARY: $5,458,065

2009 RP

TEAM PLAYER WAR SALARY

NYY Mariano Rivera 3.6 $15,000,000

BOS Jonathan Papelbon 3.5 $6,250,000

MIN Matt Guerrier 2.5 $1,475,000

MIN Jose Mijares 2.3 $400,000

MIN Joe Nathan 3.0 $11,250,000

CWS Matt Thornton 2.8 $1,325,000

KC Joakim Soria 2.7 $1,000,000

NYM/TEX Darren O’Day 2.4 $406,000

OAK Andrew Bailey 3.7 $400,000

OAK Michael Wuertz 2.3 $1,100,000

FLA Kiko Calero 2.4 $500,000

STL Ryan Franklin 2.2 $2,500,000

MIL Trevor Hoffman 2.2 $6,000,000

CIN Nick Masset 2.1 $418,000

MIL LaTroy Hawkins 2.0 $3,500,000

SF Jeremy Affeldt 2.6 $3,500,000

AVERAGE SALARY: $3,439,000

2010 SP

TEAM PLAYER WAR SALARY

TB David Price 4.7 $1,834,671

NYY CC Sabathia 4.8 $24,285,714

BOS Clay Buchholz 5.6 $443,000

BOS Jon Lester 5.2 $3,750,000

TOR Shaun Marcum 4.1 $850,000

BAL Jeremy Guthrie 4.5 $3,000,000

MIN Francisco Liriano 4.2 $1,600,000

CWS John Danks 5.2 $3,450,000

DET Justin Verlander 4.5 $6,850,000

LAA Jered Weaver 5.2 $4,265,000

SEA Felix Hernandez 7.2 $7,200,000

PHI Roy Halladay 8.6 $15,750,000

PHI Cole Hamels 5.5 $6,650,000

ATL Tim Hudson 5.8 $9,000,000

FLA Josh Johnson 7.0 $3,750,000

NYM Johan Santana 4.7 $20,144,707

STL Adam Wainwright 6.2 $4,837,500

HOU Brett Myers 4.9 $3,100,000

SF Matt Cain 4.1 $4,583,333

COL Ubaldo Jimenez 7.5 $1,250,000

LAD Clayton Kershaw 5.6 $440,000

AVERAGE SALARY: $6,049,234.52

2010 RP

TEAM PLAYER WAR SALARY

TB Joaquin Benoit 2.2 $750,000

TB Rafael Soriano 2.1 $7,250,000

NYY Mariano Rivera 2.4 $15,000,000

BOS Daniel Bard 3.1 $415,500

MIN Brian Duensing 3.6 $417,500

CLE Roberto Hernandez 2.8 $5,087,500

CLE Chris Perez 2.6 $423,800

KC Joakim Soria 3.7 $3,000,000

TEX Neftali Feliz 2.5 $402,000

TEX Tommy Hunter 2.7 $409,850

TEX Darren O’Day 2.4 $426,700

TEX Alexi Ogando 2.1 $426,700

OAK Andrew Bailey 2.1 $435,000

ATL Billy Wagner 2.5 $6,750,000

FLA Clay Hensley 2.5 $425,000

WAS Sean Burnett 2.0 $775,000

CHC Carlos Marmol 2.7 $2,125,000

CHC Sean Marshall 2.0 $950,000

PIT Evan Meek 2.4 $413,500

SF Brian Wilson 2.8 $6,500,000

SD Tim Stauffer 2.1 $415,100

AVERAGE SALARY: 2,514,197.62

2011 SP

TEAM PLAYER WAR SALARY

NYY CC Sabathia 6.4 $24,285,714

TB Jeremy Hellickson 4.3 $418,400

TB James Shields 5.8 $4,250,000

BOS Josh Beckett 5.8 $17,000,000

BOS Jon Lester 4.4 $5,750,000

TOR Ricky Romero 6.4 $1,000,000

DET Justin Verlander 8.6 $12,850,000

CLE Justin Masterson 4.3 $468,400

MIN Scott Baker 4.2 $5,000,000

TEX Matt Harrison 4.0 $428,830

TEX C.J. Wilson 4.9 $7,000,000

LAA Dan Haren 4.1 $12,750,000

LAA Jered Weaver 6.9 $7,365,000

OAK Gio Gonzalez 4.4 $420,000

PHI Roy Halladay 8.8 $20,000,000

PHI Cole Hamels 6.4 $9,500,000

PHI Cliff Lee 8.5 $11,000,000

ARI Ian Kennedy 4.8 $423,000

LAD Clayton Kershaw 6.7 $500,000

COL Jhoulys Chacin 4.2 $419,000

AVERAGE SALARY: $7,041,417.2

2011 RP

TEAM PLAYER WAR SALARY

NYY Mariano Rivera 2.9 $14,911,700

NYY David Robertson 3.7 $460,450

BOS Alfredo Aceves 2.7 $650,000

BAL Jim Johnson 2.6 $975,000

DET Jose Valverde 2.0 $7,000,000

CLE Vinnie Pestano 2.2 $414,100

CLE Joe Smith 2.4 $870,000

CWS Jesse Crain 2.3 $4,000,000

KC Greg Holland 2.6 $414,000

MIN Glen Perkins 2.0 $700,000

OAK Grant Balfour 2.0 $3,750,000

PHI Ryan Madson 2.0 $4,833,333

ATL Craig Kimbrel $419,000 2.4

ATL Eric O’Flaherty 3.3 $895,000

ATL Jonny Venters 3.0 $429,500

WAS Tyler Clippard 3.4 $443,000

MIL John Axford 2.3 $442,500

STL Fernando Salas 2.4 $414,000

PIT Joel Hanrahan 2.4 $1,400,000

CHC Sean Marshall 2.5 $1,600,000

SD Mike Adams 2.0 $2,535,000

AVERAGE SALARY: 2,264,599.19

2012 SP

TEAM PLAYER WAR SALARY

NYY Hiroki Kuroda 5.3 $10,000,000

TB David Price 6.6 $4,350,000

DET Max Scherzer 4.4 $3,750,000

DET Justin Verlander 8.1 $20,000,000

CWS Jake Peavy 5.0 $17,000,000

CWS Chris Sale 5.7 $500,000

TEX Matt Harrison 5.8 $2,950,000

LAA Jered Weaver 4.3 $14,000,000

SEA Felix Hernandez 5.3 $18,500,000

WAS Gio Gonzalez 5.0 $3,250,000

WAS Jordan Zimmermann 4.9 $2,300,000

ATL Kris Medlen 4.4 $490,000

PHI Cole Hamels 4.5 $15,000,000

PHI Cliff Lee 4.4 $21,500,000

NYM R.A. Dickey 5.7 $4,250,000

NYM Jon Niese 3.3 $769,500

MIA Mark Buehrle 4.2 $6,000,000

CIN Johnny Cueto 5.2 $5,400,000

STL Kyle Lohse 4.0 $11,875,000

LAD Clayton Kershaw 6.4 $7,500,000

AVERAGE SALARY: $8,469,225

2012 RP

TEAM PLAYER WAR SALARY

NYY Rafael Soriano 2.6 $11,000,000

BAL Jim Johnson 2.4 $2,625,000

BAL Darren O’Day 2.5 $1,350,000

BAL Pedro Strop 2.4 $482,500

TB Fernando Rodney 3.7 $1,750,000

CWS Nate Jones 2.5 $480,000

KC Kelvin Herrera 2.6 $480,650

CLE Vinnie Pestano 2.4 $491,200

OAK Grant Balfour 2.3 $4,000,000

OAK Ryan Cook 2.6 $480,000

SEA Tom Wilhelmsen 2.1 $482,900

WAS Craig Stammen 2.1 $485,000

ATL Craig Kimbrel 3.2 $590,000

CIN Aroldis Chapman 3.4 $2,000,000

HOU Wilton Lopez 2.4 $515,500

COL Matt Belisle 2.3 $3,775,000

COL Rafael Betancourt 2.7 $4,000,000

COL Josh Roenicke 2.0 $481,000

AVERAGE SALARY: 1,970,486.11

2013 SP

TEAM PLAYER WAR SALARY

BOS Clay Buchholz 4.4 $5,500,000

NYY Hiroki Kuroda 4.0 $15,000,000

DET Anibal Sanchez 6.0 $8,800,000

DET Max Scherzer 6.4 $6,725,000

DET Justin Verlander 4.3 $20,000,000

KC James Shields 4.3 $9,000,000

CWS Chris Sale 6.5 $850,000

CWS Jose Quintana 5.1 $500,000

OAK Bartolo Colon 5.7 $3,000,000

TEX Yu Darvish 5.6 $9,500,000

SEA Felix Hernandez 5.3 $19,857,000

SEA Hisashi Iwakuma 7.2 $6,500,000

NYM Matt Harvey 5.4 $498,750

PHI Cole Hamels 4.2 $19,500,000

PHI Cliff Lee 6.8 $25,000,000

MIA Jose Fernandez 6.3 $490,000

STL Adam Wainwright 6.2 $12,000,000

CHC Travis Wood 4.4 $527,500

LAD Zack Greinke 4.2 $19,000,000

LAD Clayton Kershaw 8.0 $11,000,000

SF Madison Bumgarner 4.0 $750,000

COL Jhoulys Chacin 5.7 $1,650,000

COL Jorge De La Rosa 4.3 $11,000,000

AVERAGE SALARY: $8,984,706.52

2013 RP

TEAM PLAYER WAR SALARY

BOS Koji Uehara 3.6 $4,250,000

NYY Mariano Rivera 2.3 $10,000,000

NYY David Robertson 2.4 $3,100,000

DET Joaquin Benoit 2.7 $5,500,000

KC Luke Hochevar 2.0 $4,560,000

KC Greg Holland 3.1 $539,500

MIN Glen Perkins 2.1 $2,500,000

CWS Jesse Crain 2.2 $4,500,000

TEX Neal Cotts 2.6 $356,120

TEX Joe Nathan 3.2 $7,000,000

TEX Tanner Scheppers 2.1 $493,600

ATL Luis Avilan 2.2 $491,250

ATL Craig Kimbrel 3.1 $655,000

MIA Steve Cishek 2.2 $505,000

STL Kevin Siegrist 2.0 $310,601

PIT Mark Melancon 2.1 $521,000

CIN Tony Cingrani 2.1 $490,000

LAD Kenley Jansen 2.6 $512,000

COL Rex Brothers 3.1 $491,000

COL Adam Ottavino 2.3 $491,000

AVERAGE SALARY: $2,363,303.55

2014 SP

TEAM PLAYER WAR SALARY

DET Max Scherzer 5.7 $15,525,000

CLE Carlos Carrasco 4.1 $504,700

CLE Corey Kluber 8.3 $514,000

CWS Chris Sale 6.1 $3,500,000

MIN Phil Hughes 4.5 $8,000,000

LAA Garrett Richards 4.4 $520,000

SEA Felix Hernandez 6.4 $22,857,000

HOU Dallas Keuchel 4.8 $508,700

HOU Collin McHugh 4.0 $434,426

WAS Doug Fister 4.4 $7,200,000

WAS Tanner Roark 4.8 $506,100

WAS Jordan Zimmermann 4.8 $7,500,000

ATL Julio Teheran 4.1 $800,000

PHI Cole Hamels 6.6 $22,500,000

MIA Henderson Alvarez 4.4 $525,400

STL Adam Wainwright 6.1 $19,500,000

CIN Johnny Cueto 6.8 $10,000,000

CHC Jake Artieta 5.4 $500,000

LAD Zack Greinke 4.4 $26,000,000

LAD Clayton Kershaw 7.7 $6,571,426

AVERAGE SALARY: $7,893,829.3

2014 RP

TEAM PLAYER WAR SALARY

BAL Zach Britton 2.6 $521,500

BAL Darren O’Day 2.4 $3,200,000

NYY Dellin Betances 3.6 $502,100

TB Jake McGee 2.7 $1,450,000

KC Wade Davis 3.7 $4,800,000

KC Kelvin Herrera 2.8 $522,500

KC Greg Holland 2.5 $4,675,000

CLE Cody Allen 2.3 $515,400

CLE T.J. House 2.2 $273,224

CWS Jake Petricka 2.0 $483,606

LAA Joe Smith 2.5 $5,250,000

WAS Drew Storen 2.5 $3,450,000

ATL Craig Kimbrel 2.5 $7,000,000

PHI Ken Giles 2.0 $308,743

PHI Jonathan Papelbon 2.9 $13,000,000

MIA Bryan Morris 2.0 $511,500

MIA A.J. Ramos 2.0 $510,000

STL Pat Neshek 2.3 $1,000,000

PIT Mark Melancon 2.4 $2,595,000

PIT Tony Watson 2.6 $518,500

CIN Aroldis Chapman 2.0 $5,000,000

CIN Alfredo Simon 2.2 $1,500,000

AVERAGE SALARY: $2,617,594.23

2015 SP

TEAM PLAYER WAR SALARY

DET/TOR David Price 6.2 $19,750,000

TB Chris Archer 4.1 $1,166,667

CLE Corey Kluber 4.4 $1,200,000

CWS Jose Quintana 4.1 $3,400,000

HOU Dallas Keuchel 6.7 $524,500

SEA Felix Hernandez 4.5 $24,857,000

OAK Sonny Gray 5.3 $512,500

NYM Jacob DeGrom 5.2 $556,875

NYM Matt Harvey 4.8 $614,125

WAS Max Scherzer 6.9 $17,242,000

ATL Shelby Miller 4.0 $535,000

STL John Lackey 5.7 $507,500

PIT Gerrit Cole 4.6 $531,000

CHC Jake Arrieta 8.3 $3,630,000

LAD Zack Greinke 9.1 $25,000,000

LAD Clayton Kershaw 7.5 $32,571,429

SF Madison Bumgarner 5.1 $6,750,000

AVERAGE SALARY: $8,196,976.24

2015 RP

TEAM PLAYER WAR SALARY

NYY Dellin Betances 4.0 $507,500

NYY Andrew Miller 2.4 $9,000,000

BAL Brad Brach 2.0 $523,000

BAL Zach Britton 2.4 $3,200,000

BAL Darren O’Day 2.8 $4,250,000

KC Wade Davis 3.5 $7,000,000

HOU Will Harris 2.1 $513,900

SEA Carson Smith 2.4 $509,500

NYM Jeurys Familia 2.9 $523,925

MIA A.J. Ramos 2.0 $530,000

STL Trevor Rosenthal 2.6 $535,000

STL Kevin Siegrist 2.1 $518,000

PIT Mark Melancon 2.0 $5,400,000

PIT Tony Watson 2.6 $1,750,000

CHC Hector Rondon 2.0 $544,000

CIN Aroldis Chapman 2.8 $8,050,000

ARI Brad Ziegler 2.2 $5,000,000

SD Joaquin Benoit 2.0 $8,000,000

AVERAGE SALARY: $3,130,823.61

2016 SP

TEAM PLAYER WAR SALARY

BOS Rick Porcello 4.8 $20,125,000

BAL Kevin Gausman 4.1 $532,000

TOR J.A. Happ 4.5 $10,000,000

TOR Aaron Sanchez 5.1 $517,800

NYY Masahiro Tanaka 5.2 $22,000,000

CLE Corey Kluber 5.8 $4,700,000

DET Michael Fulmer 5.3 $507,500

DET Justin Verlander 7.2 $28,000,000

CWS Jose Quintana 5.4 $5,400,000

CWS Chris Sale 5.0 $9,150,000

TEX Cole Hamels 5.0 $23,500,000

WAS Tanner Roark 5.6 $543,400

WAS Max Scherzer 6.3 $22,143,000

NYM Noah Syndergaard 5.0 $535,375

MIA Jose Fernandez 4.1 $2,800,000

ATL Julio Teheran 4.8 $3,300,000

CHC Kyle Hendricks 5.4 $541,000

CHC Jon Lester 5.6 $25,000,000

STL Carlos Martinez 5.3 $539,000

CIN Dan Straily 4.3 $512,100

LAD Clayton Kershaw 5.8 $34,571,429

SF Madison Bumgarner 4.8 $9,750,000

SF Johnny Cueto 5.5 $15,833,333

AVERAGE SALARY: $10,456,562.5

2016 RP

TEAM PLAYER WAR SALARY

BAL Brad Brach 2.5 $1,250,000

BAL Zach Britton 4.2 $6,750,000

TOR Roberto Osuna 2.1 $516,100

NYY Andrew Miller 2.3 $9,000,000

TB Alex Colome 2.3 $521,700

CLE Dan Otero 2.6 $520,000

CWS Nate Jones 2.3 $900,000

TEX Tony Barnette 2.2 $1,500,000

TEX Matt Bush 2.1 $507,500

TEX Sam Dyson 2.9 $525,270

HOU Chris Devenski 2.8 $507,500

OAK Ryan Dull 2.3 $507,500

WAS Blake Treinen 2.0 $524,900

NYM Addison Reed 2.7 $5,300,000

MIA David Phelps 2.6 $2,500,000

PHI Hector Neris 2.1 $515,500

STL Seung Hwan Oh 2.7 $2,500,000

STL Alex Reyes 2.2 $152,515

MIL Tyler Thornburg 2.5 $513,900

MIL Carlos Torres 2.2 $950,000

CIN Raisel Iglesias 2.7 $3,214,286

LAD Kenley Jansen 2.8 $10,650,000

AVERAGE SALARY: $2,264,84

2017 SP

TEAM PLAYER WAR SALARY

NYY Luis Severino 5.3 $550,975

BOS Chris Sale 6.0 $12,000,000

TOR Marcus Stroman 5.7 $3,400,000

CLE Carlos Carrasco 5.5 $6,500,000

CLE Corey Kluber 8.2 $7,700,000

MIN Ervin Santana 4.6 $13,500,000

DET/HOU Justin Verlander 6.5 $28,000,000

TEX Andrew Cashner 4.3 $10,000,000

WAS Gio Gonzalez 6.4 $12,000,000

WAS Max Scherzer 7.1 $22,143,000

WAS Stephen Strasburg $18,333,334

NYM Jacob DeGrom 4.4 $4,050,000

PHI Aaron Nola 4.3 $544,000

MIL Chase Anderson 4.2 $2,450,000

LAD Clayton Kershaw 4.9 $35,571,429

ARI Zack Greinke 6.1 $34,000,000

ARI Zack Godley 4.4 $535,000

ARI Robbie Ray 4.9 $570,400

AVERAGE SALARY: $11,769,341

2017 RP

TEAM PLAYER WAR SALARY

BOS Craig Kimbrel 3.6 $13,250,000

NYY Chad Green 2.7 $535,000

TOR Dominic Leone 2.2 $548,200

BAL Mychal Givens 2.3 $546,000

CLE Andrew Miller 3.1 $9,000,000

KC Scott Alexander 2.2 $535,000

DET Shane Greene 2.4 $550,600

WAS Matt Albers 2.4 $1,150,000

PHI Luis Garcia 2.0 $2,500,000

PHI Hector Neris 2.0 $557,500

PHI Pat Neshek 2.1 $6,500,000

MIL Corey Knebel 3.7 $538,900

PIT Felipe Vazquez 2.7 $564,500

CIN Raisel Iglesias 2.2 $4,214,286

LAD Kenley Jansen 3.0 $10,800,000

ARI Archie Bradley 3.6 $544,100

SD Brad Hand 2.8 $1,375,000

SF Cory Gearrin 2.3 $1,050,000

AVERAGE SALARY: $3,042,171.44

2018 SP

TEAM PLAYER WAR SALARY

BOS David Price 4.4 $30,000,000

BOS Chris Sale 6.9 $12,500,000

NYY Luis Severino 4.8 $604,975

TB Blake Snell 7.5 $558,200

CLE Corey Kluber 5.9 $10,700,000

CLE Trevor Bauer 5.8 $6,525,000

CLE Mike Clevinger 5.2 $558,500

HOU Justin Verlander 6.2 $28,000,000

HOU Gerrit Cole 5.3 $6,750,000

WAS Max Scherzer 8.8 $22,143,000

PHI Aaron Nola 10.5 $573,000

NYM Jacob DeGrom 9.6 $7,400,000

STL Miles Mikolas 4.1 $7,500,000

PIT Jameson Taillon 4.7 $571,000

COL Kyle Freeland 8.4 $550,000

COL German Marquez 4.7 $550,000

ARI Patrick Corbin 4.6 $7,500,000

ARI Zack Greinke 4.2 $34,000,000

AVERAGE SALARY: $9,832,426.39

2018 RP

TEAM PLAYER WAR SALARY

BOS Craig Kimbrel 2.3 $13,000,000

NYY Chad Green 2.3 $570,800

MIN Taylor Rogers 2.2 $565,000

HOU Collin McHugh 2.0 $5,000,000

OAK Blake Treinen 4.3 $2,150,000

SEA Edwin Diaz 3.2 $570,800

TEX Jose LeClerc 2.5 $501,761

WAS Sean Doolittle 2.5 $4,380,000

PHI Victor Arano 2.1 $545,000

NYM Seth Lugo 2.2 $564,000

MIL Jeremy Jeffress 3.4 $1,700,000

MIL Josh Hader 2.1 $556,500

CHC Steve Cishek 2.3 $6,500,000

CHC Pedro Strop 2.1 $5,850,000

TEX/CHC Jesse Chavez 2.0 $1,000,000

CIN Jared Hughes 3.3 $2,125,000

CIN Raisel Iglesias 2.0 $5,214,286

COL Scott Oberg 2.4 $555,000

COL Adam Ottavino 2.6 $7,000,000

SD Kirby Yates 2.0 $1,062,500

AVERAGE SALARY: $2,970,532.35

It looks like when it comes to relievers, teams should either develop them from the farm, or acquire them when they’re cost-controlled to get the most value. It’s also more evidence that free agency is the worst way for teams to get value.

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