Let's compare Altuve's contract to A-Roid's mega contract in 2007 for WAR / $.
At the end of 2007, A-Roid was given a contract for $275 for 10 years at the age of 31. That comes out to about $27.5 million per year. At this point in his career, A-Roid was averaging 6.7 WAR a year (he had 94.4 WAR divided by 14 years he's played). So, the Yankees were assuming he'd make roughly 6 to 7 WAR each year, maybe slightly less at 5 because of age, costing $27.5 million a year. At this time, A-Roid had the largest contract in baseball.
Now let's look at Altuve's contract after the 2017 season. Altuve is making $151 million over 5 years at the age of 29 (after 2019). That comes out to be about $30.2 million per year. At this point in his career, Altuve is averaging 4.27 WAR (29.9 WAR over 7 years). So it's safe to assume he'd average about 4 to 5 WAR each year, costing $30.2 million a year.
So, Altuve will be about 2 to 3 years younger at the time of his contract, and it's for half the years A-Roid has been signed, yet he produced less WAR in his career and is making more money... how is this not inflation?
I used WAR from baseball-reference just so you know.
Oh, by the way, how did that A-Roid contract turn out? Obviously, Altuve is for less years, so it wouldn't hurt as much if it didn't turn out well, but the A-Roid contract was a complete disaster in terms of the money he made for what he produced.
Edited by PWNdroia, 21 March 2018 - 03:33 PM.