The Deal: 5 Years, $26.50 Million (with 2019, 2020 Club Options)
AAV: $5.30 Million
Average WAR Value: $33.19 Million
Difference: $27.89 Million
The Chicago White Sox took a page from the Giants and Bumgarner when they extended Jose Quintana in March 2014.
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He’d only made his major league debut in 2012, and his body of work included just 336.1 innings. But since that included a 3.61 ERA, there was little risk in trying to gain some cost-controlled production.
The White Sox ended up getting a lot of that between 2014 and 2016. He averaged a 3.29 ERA and 205 innings per season, and he placed behind only a couple of heavyweights in the rWAR rankings for American League southpaws:
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1. Chris Sale: 14.5
2. David Price: 13.5
3. Jose Quintana: 12.7
Quintana subsequently stumbled out of the gate in 2017 with a 4.49 ERA in 18 starts for the White Sox. But the Chicago Cubs came calling with a basket of prospects anyway, and they got more or less what they wanted: a 3.74 ERA and six innings per start the rest of the way.
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Thus far in 2018, Quintana is serving as the Cubs’ No. 4 starter. Beyond being one of the best to hold that distinction, he’s also one of the better bargains.
Yes, Andrew McCutchen is technically a member of the San Francisco Giants now. But his appearance here has everything to do with his time as a Pittsburgh Pirate.
After extending him in March 2012, general manager Neal Huntington said of McCutchen: “It has been our intent for Andrew to be a cornerstone for this organization, and this contract solidifies that intent.” This was something of a gamble, as McCutchen was fresh off three near-superstar-level seasons at the time.
Obviously, it paid off.
McCutchen did indeed become a full-blown superstar in 2012, posting a .953 OPS with 31 homers and 20 steals. He went on to win the National League MVP in 2013, and he continued to put up MVP-caliber numbers in 2014 and 2015. According to rWAR, there was no better player in the NL over those four seasons.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping
Alas, McCutchen wasn’t the same player in 2016 and 2017. But he at least continued to hit well with an .807 OPS and 52 homers.
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After a slow start for the Giants, McCutchen is now teasing that he still has it. He’s collected two walk-off hits in a span of four days.