Meanwhile on Twitter, CJ Nitkkowski got my attention by calling THT a “nerd blog” and belittling Tom Tango’s analysis that Mariano Rivera is worth about two wins a year to the Yankees. CJ’s blog response was a lot more reasonable (another reason to dislike Twitter) and made the point that the loss of Rivera brings down the relative effectiveness of the rest of the bullpen. He also feels that the loss of Rivera is unquantifiable.
But here’s the thing. Mariano Rivera is being paid $15 million this year. Let’s say that the average free agent will be paid around $6 million to $7 million a win in 2012. Let’s take the high end of the range, cause wins are worth more in New York. Doesn’t this mean that the Yankees are paying Mo for two wins a year? Isn’t this a quantity? Why wasn’t CJ complaining about Rivera’s contract before the injury?
Part of the answer lies in the short-term and long-term impacts of losing a reliever like Mo. Presumably, CJ is taking the short-term view; contracts (Mo’s was for two years) take the longer view. But still…isn’t there a disconnect here? Mo’s salary reinforces Tango’s point. As the season progresses, two wins will be the correct standard.