Player B: .283/.380/.548, 26 HR, 77 RBI, 64 R, 28 2B, -1.2 UZR/150, .394 wOBA
Player A is making $600,000 this season. Player B is making $20 million this season.
In case you haven't figured it out yet, Player A is Kendry Morales of the Angels while Player B is Mark Teixeira of the Yankees. Teixeira opted to take the Yankees deal over the Angels deal this past season but the connection between these two men stretches far beyond that. Teixeira was traded for simply because the Angels were convinced that Kendry Morales would be able to play first base in the future. When Teixeira left, the Angels handed over the job to Morales and he has no disappointed at all.
Their wOBA numbers are not updated with today's statistical performances, a day that saw Morales jack two three-run home runs. Morales, while receiving 42 fewer at-bats, trails Teixeira by only three home runs and eight runs batted in while being his equal in nearly every other statistical measure. I'm not saying Morales is better than Teixeira, so no one freak out. Teixeira is still, by far, one of the greatest players I've ever seen play the game in person. His brilliance as a defensive first baseman cannot even begin to be described. But, however, Morales seems to come close to Teixeira's production despite being paid just 1/33rd of the salary Teixeira is getting this season.
So, is this one of baseball's ultimate bargains? Or is it just something of an anomaly?
Is Kendry Morales more valuable than Mark Teixeira?
P.S.: I'll update their WAR and wOBA as soon as they're updated on FanGraphs. Sorry about that.