We see it every year, key players on good, and bad, teams getting what I like to call: Cashed out.
Well for certain players, like Josh Donaldson and Mike Trout, the money doesn’t adequately reflect the worth of the player. On February 26, Trout and the Angels agreed to a one-year deal worth $1,000,000. This is the same player that many feel is the best in baseball, while players who barely touched the Mendoza-line have received multi-million dollar deals – a hem, Chris Young.
Now, here we are a little over a week later, and one of the biggest breakouts of 2013, Donaldson, received a major league minimum $500,000 contract from the A’s. Donaldson, who finished fourth in the American League Most Valuable Player race batted a stellar .301/.384/.499 last season, while also hitting 24 dingers and 93 RBI, according to Baseball Reference. Donaldson did all this, while also holding down third base, and the comically large area of foul territory Oakland has.
So why is Donaldson’s salary so miniscule compared to other players who cover the hot corner? For comparison, Ryan Zimmerman and Evan Longoria, who are statistically similar, are in the middle of $100 million dollar deals. To put it short, Donaldson hasn’t put in the time. Because Donaldson hasn’t played three seasons yet, he isn’t eligible for arbitration. Once he is eligible, after the 2014 season, you can expect him to generate a nice little pay day. But for now, the A’s are getting one heck of a deal.