With the MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline fast approaching (Monday, July 31st at 4:00 pm Eastern time), there are numerous rumors and predictions being tossed around. Baseball fans love rumors; they provide something to talk about. I, however, prefer to re-evaluate trades that have happened in the recent past, using hindsight to provide clarity on how well each team truly made out in the deal. Since prospects are such a major part of trades in the MLB, it often takes a few years to really determine if a trade was worthwhile. Therefore, I have gone back to the 2012 and 2013 trade deadlines and have handpicked three deals that I believe are worth revisiting.
Last week, SportsNet ran a piece summarizing the teams that exceeded the 2016 MLB Luxury Tax threshold. The list includes six organizations, three from the American League: the Yankees, Red Sox, and Tigers; and three from the National League: the Dodgers, Giants, and Cubs. As is the case with most luxury tax offenders, each of these teams has at least one ill-advised contract on their books, and some teams have multiple. As a result, I thought I would have a little fun and create a 2016 All-Luxury Tax Team; a team of the most expensive players who provided the least value to their ball clubs in 2016. First though, lets give some background on who our big-spenders were this year (as well as some fun nicknames!).
LOS ANGELES DODGERS aka “The Yankees of the West”
- Tax Amount: $31.8 million (4th Consecutive offense)
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Entering the 2014-2015 off-season, there was plenty of speculation that Japanese pitching star Kenta Maeda would be posted by his team, the Hiroshima Carp. While he did not end up hitting the free agent market that off-season, however, he was posted this past year prior to the start of the 2016 MLB season. Once expected to net a contract in the 4 to 5 year and $60 to $90 million range, his earning power was sapped by a strong free agent class and lack of true dominating stuff. Ultimately, he signed an 8-year $25 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, though this deal includes plenty of innings pitched and games started incentives that can bring the total contract value to about $106.5 million (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/compensation/cots/nl-west/los-angeles-dodgers/).