Re: Ellsbury closing in on a 7 year deal with the Yankees?
posted at 12/4/2013 1:26 AM EST
I guess "healthy" is a relative thing. For NYY, if you've had to live thru last year with Teixeir, Jeter, A-Rod, Granderson, Youkilis, etc., hurt, then I guess Ells looks like an iron horse.
I've been trying to come up with an "E (Ells) Factor" for comparing the value of Ells paycheck to what we're giving Peedy based on nothing more than availability to play. I know there's got to be some WAR number somewhere that accounts for time on the injured list, but I'm going to let some sabre metrics geek pull up that number.
Taking the long view, Peedy averaged 140 games over seven seasons including his short 75 game season.
Over the six years that included Ells two injury years, Ells averaged 113.67 games per season.
Ells could only manage .81 games for every one game for Peedy. If you look at just the last four years, that number falls to .72.
What this does to the effective NYY pay for Ells is startling when considered from one point of view.
Dividing Ells new yearly amount ($21,857,714) by these factors, he looks like a much more expensive player than the raw salary number would suggest:
.81 = $26.984,126
.72 = $30,357,142
On the whole, I'm very happy that the Yankees have him and that we have Peedy.