Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers

The Deal: 7 Years, $49.57 Million (with 2022 Club Option)
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AAV: $7.08 Million

Average WAR Value: $33.33 Million

Difference: $26.25 Million

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He’s never been a big-time slugger or a hot-shot speedster, as he’s peaked at 21 home runs and 21 stolen bases. Nor has he ever won a major award or even been an All-Star.

But when you add up everything he can do on the diamond, you get a gem.

His power and speed were at least solid during his five years with the Miami Marlins, who extended his contract in 2015. His hitting was more than just solid, as he racked up a .290 average and .369 on-base percentage. And between 2013 and 2016, only three players tallied more defensive runs saved in left field.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

It was also always apparent that Yelich could hit for more power if he wanted to. Between 2015 and 2017, for example, he hit fly balls and line drives at an average of 95.4 mph. That was the same as Yoenis Cespedes.
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By his own admission, what held back Yelich was Marlins Park. It scared him into not hitting too many balls in the air, resulting in 18 homers at home compared to 41 on the road.

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Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

The Deal: 5 Years, $35 Million (with 2018, 2019 Club Options)

AAV: $7 Million

Average WAR Value: $31.54 Million
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Difference: $24.54 Million

Madison Bumgarner was only 22 years old when the San Francisco Giants extended him early in 2012. Since he’d shown ace potential in 2011 with a 3.21 ERA over 204.2 innings, it was worth a shot.cheap nike nfl jersey
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Bumgarner had little trouble carrying his 2011 success over to 2012. And when his extension actually started in 2013, that’s when he evolved from budding ace to mega-ace.

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WAR also can’t encapsulate what Bumgarner did in the 2014 postseason. He turned in a 1.03 ERA over 52.2 innings. It’s arguably the greatest October run ever by a pitcher, and the Giants wouldn’t have won their third World Series in five years without it.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Although the lefty has run into injury trouble over the last two seasons, he’s continued to pitch like an ace when he has been healthy. If he can keep that up, he should have no trouble collecting appropriate riches after he’s finally free of his contract after 2019.