WAR Leaderboard – Pitchers


I read the blog The Big Lead quite a bit (especially for the comments. I hope that’s legal to say), and today there was a discussion as to who has been the best pitcher in baseball this year. Being the saintly gentleman I am, I volunteered to create a table showing the top 20 starters in terms of WAR, their ages and their salaries.

Minor note: some of the salaries could end up being off, as pitchers have bonuses triggered by awards. For example, Cliff Lee will most certainly get his bonus for finishing in the top 3 of the CY Young voting, and could get an even bigger bonus for winning.

A Cliff Lee to the Twins trade looks better and better by the day.

Thanks to Fan Graphs for the WAR numbers and to Cots for the salaries.