He's smiling about his potential extension value with the Pirates

This past week, Matt Swartz published a 2 part series of articles at Fangraphs that examined historical WAR value assumptions and what the actual numbers were.  It is a fantastic 2-parter, especially the second part that I linked.  It's the kind of article that you really need to read, ponder for a minute or two, and then re-read it again to process the info.

To streamline the article, Swartz feels that the $/WAR has actually been undervalued historically.  He shows the WAR values accumulated by free agents and what the $/WAR is for each year, plus the $/WAR if you factor in the cost of the compensatory picks associated with signing those free agents as well.

Swartz's conclusion that WAR has been undervalued act...

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