Colorado Rockies: Comparing Nolan Arenado’s value to the other big three

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ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 13: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim waits at third base during a pitching change in the seventh inning with Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 13, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 13: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim waits at third base during a pitching change in the seventh inning with Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 13, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 24: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on prior to playing during game one of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 24: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on prior to playing during game one of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /

Bryce Harper — 13 years/$330 Million

Standard Batting
Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2019 26 PHI NL 157 682 573 98 149 36 1 35 114 15 3 99 178 .260 .372 .510 .882 125 292 10 6 0 4 11

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As far as production, Harper had a good season, hitting 35 homers and driving in a career-high 114 runs. However, he also struck out a career high 178 times and walked 31 fewer times than the previous season and only hit .260. Even though the Phillies had the best record of these four teams, their season win total only improved by one from the previous season.

Manny Machado — 10 years/$300 Million

Standard Batting
Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2019 26 SDP NL 156 661 587 81 150 21 2 32 85 5 3 65 128 .256 .334 .462 .796 109 271 24 6 0 3 3

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Of the four players, Machado had the roughest season. He had a career-worst mark in batting average and strikeouts and saw most of his numbers in the major statistical categories dropped from the previous season. This was somewhat to be expected considering he now plays half of his games in pitcher-friendly Petco Park. With the addition of Machado, the Padres won five more games than the 2018 season but they still finished last in the NL West.

Mike Trout — 12 years/$430 Million

Standard Batting
Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2019 27 LAA AL 134 600 470 110 137 27 2 45 104 11 2 110 120 .291 .438 .645 1.083 185 303 5 16 0 4 14

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The once-in-a-generation player, Trout, had himself another stellar season. He finished the season only behind Cody Bellinger in WAR at 8.3 and had a career-high 45 home runs. However, having the highest paid player in MLB history doesn’t equate to victories as the Angels lost eight more games than the 2018 season.

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