Homegrown Discount

11 02 2008

Vince Gennaro of Yahoo! Sports wrote a very interesting article comparing wins to the amount of money teams spent on players.  For example, the Colorado Rockies paid $1.184 million to three of their top players, Troy Tulowitzki, Garrett Atkins, and Brad Hawpe.  Using their analysis system, these three pre-arbitration eligible players accounted for a quarter of Colorado’s wins.

Milwaukee’s great player development system allowed the Brewers to win many games last season without paying their impact players too much money.  I’ll let you all read the analysis of the payroll, but the bottom line is that the Brewers saved $42 million by growing their own talent (i.e. Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, and Yovani Gallardo), rather than spend money on arbitration-eligible players or free agents.   This means that other teams spent, on average, $42 million dollars more than Milwaukee to get the same amount of wins.  That’s homegrown value at its finest.  As long as Milwaukee is able to keep Doug Melvin and Jack Zduriencik, I don’t see why the Brewers cannot keep this trend going.

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