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A Look Back at the Trades that Helped Form the 2008 Rays

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Inspired by the Royals' misery, I decided to isolate the players on the 2008 Rays who were acquired via trade and take a look at their Fangraphs Wins Above Replacement Values, their WAR based hypothetical salary values, and their actual salaries. I then did the same for the players given up in trade.

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WAR

Dollars

Salary

WAR

Dollars

Salary

JP Howell

1.5

6.8

0.4

Huff

4.2

18.9

8

Garza

2.9

13.2

0.4

McClung

0.6

2.8

0.9

Bartlett

1.8

8.1

0.4

Young

-0.3

-1.5

1.4

Gross

2.1

11

0.4

Harris

1.1

5.1

0.4

Navi

2.7

12

0.4

Hendrickson

0.5

2.3

1.5

Balfour

2.2

9.7

0.5

Hall

0.1

0.6

1.8

Kazmir

2

9.1

3.8

Wiggington

3.1

13.9

4.4

Aybar

1.4

6.3

0.4

Gathright

0.3

1.4

0.4

Edwin

1.4

6.1

0.4

Total

9.6

43.5

18.8

Zobrist

1.3

6.1

0.4

Total

19.3

88.4

7.5

 

Minors

2008

2009

Minors

2008

2009

Talbot

AAA

AAA

Cortez

AAA

AA

Ruggiano

AAA

AAA

Zambrano

AAA

DNP

Morlan

AA

AA

Priddle

AAA

AAA

Tiffany

A+

DNP

Ridgeway

AAA

DNP

Diaz

A

DNP

Fortuanto

AAA

DNP

Fontaine

A

A+

Butler

A+

AA

Seo

DNP

DNP

 

In summary, the Rays surrendered 8 players who would play in the majors in 2008 with a cumulative WAR value of 9.6. The 8 players actual 2008 salaries added up to $18.8 million. Their WAR based free agency values totaled $43.5 million.

The Rays acquired 10 players whose primary  2008 contributions were for the big league club. Their cumulative WAR value was 19.3, representing $88.4 million of Free Agency Value while only making a total of $7.5 million of real money.