How Much is an MVP Worth?

How Much is an MVP Worth?

The Phillies ended an exciting 24 hours with some difficult news to swallow.  After avoiding arbitration with a number of quality players, they were hit by Ryan Howard's daunting financial demands.  We would be lying to ourselves if we were totally surprised by the number, but now that it's in print, somehow it's still astounding.  Let's at least attempt give the figure some perspective.

$18 million would tie Howard with seven other players, including the likes of Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa, for 13th all-time on the list of largest contracts based on annual value.  Say what you want about those players, but Howard in ways is not unlike either of them.  At that point in his career, Bonds was completely worthless in the field, and Sosa always had a penchant for striking out.

Among current fist basemen, $18 million would be second only to Mark Teixeira's outrageous deal with the Yankees.  If that number dips to the $14 the Phillies offer, Howard's salary ranks fifth behind Todd Helton, then Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman by less than $300 grand, though it's worth noting that all three of those players signed their contracts no later than 2005.

That's a lot of numbers, but what they establish is other one dimensional or flawed sluggers have broken the bank in the past, and other players at the same position with fewer MVP awards would potentially earn more money than Howard.  Teixeira's contract is irrelevant because the Yankees are crazy assholes, but are Helton and Berkman more valuable than RyHo?  All that said, Justin Morneau, another former MVP, would still fall in behind Howard at the $14 mil mark.

When the news first broke last night, like most people, I didn't think there is any way he could command that kind of salary, and for several reasons he still likely will not.  Does winning the World Series cancel out the recession?  Is Howard too flawed a player?  Unfortunately, the reality of the situation is that no matter what the arbitrator decides, history proves someone is always more than happy to pay for the services he provides.

Somewhere down the line, that won't be the Phillies.

(Figures compiled by Cot's Baseball Contracts)

Future Eagle (?) Latavius Murray posts workout with Carson Wentz on Instagram

Future Eagle (?) Latavius Murray posts workout with Carson Wentz on Instagram

Could the Eagles be interested in signing another top free agent running back named Murray?

No, not that guy. 

Oakland/Los Angeles/Las Vegas Raiders running back Latavius Murray.

Murray posted a picture on Instagram of the soon-to-be free agent working out with Carson Wentz with the caption "im just here to help."

"im just here to help"

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It's no surprise the Eagles can stand to upgrade their running back corps this offseason — as several mock drafts have suggested. Could Murray be the answer?

 

Instant Replay: UConn 64, Temple 63

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Instant Replay: UConn 64, Temple 63

Temple’s roller coaster season continued with a new low on Sunday afternoon.

The Owls, who led nearly the entire way, allowed UConn guard Jalen Adams to make a reverse layup with 2.9 seconds remaining in a 64-63 loss at the Liacouras Center.

Shizz Alston Jr. missed the potential game-winning shot from half court as time expired.

Turning point
The Owls (14-14, 5-10 AAC) looked like they might avoid blowing a 10-point lead after Quinton Rose responded to Rodney Purvis’ game-tying three-pointer with a three of his own to give them a 63-60 lead with 2:32 left.

However, the Huskies (14-12, 9-5 AAC) responded with a pair of free throws from Adams before he snaked his way into the lane with the clock running down for the game-winner. The layup gave UConn its seventh win in the last eight games.

Big men on campus
The Huskies were led by Rodney Purvis’ game-high of 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He also added five assists. 

Adams shot just 5 of 13 for 13 points, but connected with the game on the line. He also chipped in five assists and five boards.

The Owls received a jolt Sunday from their young players, as freshmen Damion Moore and Alani Moore II scored a combined 22 points on 9 of 10 shooting. 

In a solid all-around effort, Temple’s Daniel Dingle scored 17 points, with six boards and six assists. Alston Jr. contributed 11 points, six assists and 5 rebounds.

Inside the box score
• After making 5 of 9 shots from three-point range in the first half, Temple finished the game 7 of 21 from deep.

• UConn's Kentan Facey had a big game in the first matchup between the two teams with 23 points and 10 rebounds. On Sunday, the senior was held to eight points and four rebounds after dealing with foul trouble in the first half.

• Temple couldn’t find any room inside, as the Owls lost the points in the paint battle 26-16.

History lesson
With the win, UConn improved to 9-7 in the all-time series. The victory was the Huskies’ third straight in the series.

Up next
The Owls will continue on a three-game homestand Wednesday at 7 p.m. against UCF.

UConn will stay on the road and play at Houston also on Wednesday.