We witnessed Major League Baseball’s most exciting off season since high-top cleats earlier this year. Us non-mathematicians are still struggling to pronounce the dollar amounts granted for baseball talent. Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, and Mike Trout signed contracts totaling more than two up-armored Brinks trucks packed full of the highest denominational cash possible.
In February, Machado was signed as a Free Agent by the San Diego Padres to 10-year deal worth $300 million. It held the record for the biggest FA contract in MLB history for a solid seven days. Then in March, Harper set the new high score with a 13-year, $330 million contract from the Philadelphia Phillies. The Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout’s eyes turned to dollar signs as the other two sluggers created a standard that his checking account could appreciate. The Angels extended Trout for 12 years at a price of $426.5 million.
The 2019-2020 MLB season has been rocking for 32 days now. It is time to see how these three ding dong rippers are stacking up:
Manny Machado #13 3B (San Diego Padres, 16W-13L): Batting % .235 with 4 Home Runs and 12 RBI’s. Fielding % .987 .
Bryce Harper #3 RF (Philadelphia Phillies, 16W-12L): Batting % .250 with 6 Home Runs and 20 RBI’s. Fielding % .985 .
Mike Trout #27 CF (Los Angeles Angels, 12W-17L): Batting % .305 with 6 Home Runs and 26 RBI’s. Fielding % 1.000 .
Well this is awkward…It seems these dudes are performing in the same order to which they are paid. It is few and far between that we see statistics match pay in comparison to other players’ contracts. These three are literally in a league of their own, though. Only ballers like these could make this rare occurrence possible.
A real nitpicker could look at the Angels’ record thus far and question their spending tendencies. A real baseball fan would tell that nitpicker to shut up.