A closer look at all of Jim Hendry's "bad contracts"

Again and again, I'm reading about the mess of Jim Hendry's massive contracts.  Don't get me wrong, I shudder as much as the next Cub fan any time I think of Alfonso Soriano's contract.  Setting that one aside, however, my sense is that Hendry's free agent signings have more often been bargains than busts.  But I wanted to really look into it.

Over at fangraphs, they have a nice feature at the bottom of each player card which translate WAR (Wins Above Replacement) into dollar values.   Using those valuations, I thought I'd compare Jim Hendry's major contracts with their actual value.

Mark DeRosa 2007-2008 Value $27.9; Cost $7.5; Difference +$20.4

Derrek Lee 2004-2005 Value $34.3; Cost $14.5; Difference +$19.8

Aramis Ramirez 2007-2008 Value $41.8; Cost $27; Difference +$14.8

Michael Barrett 2005-2007 Value $25.9; Cost $12; Difference +$13.9

Gregg Maddux 2004-2006 Value $37.3; Cost $24; Difference +$13.3

Ryan Dempster 2006-2008 Value $27.7; Cost $15.5; Difference +$12.2

Aramis Ramirez 2005-2006 Value $31.6; Cost $19.5; Difference +$12.1

Ted Lilly 2007-2008 Value $27.1; Cost $16; Difference +$11.1

Todd Walker 2004-2006 Value $15.9; Cost $6.8; Difference +$9.1

Glendon Rusch 2004-2006 Value $12.7; Cost $4.4; Difference +$8.3

Michael Barrett 2004 Value $9.9; Cost $1.6; Difference +$8.3

Alfonso Soriano 2007-2008 Value $36.5; Cost $30; Difference +$6.5

Jason Marquis 2007-2008 Value $15.1; Cost $12; Difference +$3.1

Jeromy Burnitz 2005 Value $6; Cost $5; Difference +$1

Jacque Jones 2006 - 2007 Value $11.4;  Cost $11; Difference +$0.4

Bob Howry 2006-2008 Value $12.1; Cost $12; Difference +$0.1

Cliff Floyd 2007 Value $2.3; Cost $3; Difference -$0.7

Kosuke Fukudome 2008 Value $8.2; Cost $10; Difference -$1.8

LaTroy Hawkins 2004-2005 Value $4.1; Cost $8; Difference -$3.9

Nomar Garciaparra 2005 Value $2.3; Cost $8.3; Difference -$6

Scott Eyre 2006-2008 Value $5; Cost $11; Difference -$6

Derrek Lee 2006-2008 Value $32.3; Cost $39; Difference -$6.7

Carlos Zambrano 2008 Value $12.7; Cost $20; Difference -$7.3

Mike Remlinger 2003-2005 Value $1.4; Cost $10.8; Difference -$9.4

As you see, through 2008 Jim Hendry has done fairly well, better than I'd expect.  On the other hand, some of the worst contracts are ones still going.  Looking these over, once could definitely make the case that Jim Hendry under Andy McPhail was a supreme bargain hunter.  On the other hand, Jim Hendry loosed of Andy McPhail has been in the playoffs more often.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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