A Look At The Numbers: Yu Darvish vs. Masahiro Tanaka
by, 10-08-2013 at 05:14 PM (2809 Views)
It's eery how similar they are statistically.
If you go by the numbers alone - you would say that Tanaka would command almost an identical buyout and contract. However, as we know, often for doing the 'exact same thing' a player now gets more than the guy who sets the precedent as the first player has to absorb the 'risk' perceptions to his contract. Darvish got 6yr/$60M, $52M to get exclusive negotiating rights.
And I also have the league averages calculated out to compare. MLB scores a bit more runs, hits more homeruns, etc.
Statistics were taken from Baseball-Reference. I did the calculations per 9 innings.