When Passing Judgment on a Contract, You Should Show Your Work

Via Metsblog, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe discusses various players that have underachieved or not lived up to their contract. One example, he cites, is Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran. Of Beltran, he writes:

Carlos Beltran, OF, Mets — Injuries have slowed Beltran, who didn’t live up to the seven-year, $119 million deal he signed with the Mets. They tried to deal the final year of the contract this offseason, and the Sox would have been a taker had they not pulled off the Crawford signing. Beltran will be 34 April 24, and if he wants a career beyond this contract, he’ll have to show he can be productive with two balky knees. He will likely be the Mets’ cleanup hitter.

Claim: Beltran hasn't lived up to his contract.

Evidence Provided: None.

I have no problem with the opinion that Beltran hasn't lived up to his contract, but you have to provide some evidence. 

Through 2010, Beltran has been paid $95,982,346 by the Mets. 

According to FanGraphs, he's produced $105,400,000 worth of value as a Met.

For those following at home, that's a net gain of about $9.5M.

Now, I could be wrong in terms of how I am evaluating Beltran's contract, but I showed my work.

This should be mandatory.

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