2010 Most Valuable Players (Pitchers)

Here are the most valuable position players in the leagues, according to my estimates. Position players here.

AL			
Rank	Player			Team	$-Value (MRP)
1	Cliff  Lee		SEA/TEX	$18.94
2	Felix  Hernandez	SEA	$17.13
3	Justin  Verlander	DET	$15.71
4	Francisco  Liriano	MIN	$14.79
5	Jered  Weaver		LAA	$13.73
6	CC  Sabathia		NYY	$13.57
7	Zack  Greinke		KCR	$13.17
8	Jon  Lester		BOS	$13.06
9	John  Lackey		BOS	$10.94
10	John  Danks		CHW	$10.80
11	Colby  Lewis		TEX	$10.56
12	Carl  Pavano		MIN	$10.43
13	Ricky  Romero		TOR	$10.29
14	Mark  Buehrle		CHW	$10.26
15	Gavin  Floyd		CHW	$10.23
16	Joba  Chamberlain	NYY	$10.18
17	David  Price		TBR	$10.14
18	Joakim  Soria		KCR	$10.03
19	Matt  Thornton		CHW	$10.00
20	C.J.  Wilson		TEX	$9.88

NL
Rank	Player			Team	$-Value (MRP)
1	Roy  Halladay		PHI	$20.77
2	Adam  Wainwright	STL	$16.51
3	Ubaldo  Jimenez		COL	$15.84
4	Josh  Johnson		FLA	$15.67
5	Matt  Belisle		COL	$15.40
6	Carlos  Marmol		CHC	$13.87
7	Tim  Lincecum		SFG	$13.05
8	Brian  Wilson		SFG	$12.65
9	Jonny  Venters		ATL	$12.62
10	Sean  Marshall		CHC	$12.52
11	Chris  Carpenter	STL	$11.91
12	Billy  Wagner		ATL	$11.60
13	Tommy  Hanson		ATL	$11.46
14	Heath  Bell		SDP	$11.42
15	Chad  Billingsley	LAD	$11.29
16	Clayton  Kershaw	LAD	$11.26
17	Anibal  Sanchez		FLA	$11.19
18	Brett  Myers		HOU	$11.12
19	Matt  Cain		SFG	$11.09
20	Hiroki  Kuroda		LAD	$10.75

5 Responses “2010 Most Valuable Players (Pitchers)”

  1. George says:

    How did Chamberlain get ahead of Price?

  2. JC says:

    On Chamberlain, good question. When valuing relievers, I estimated the average added value of pitching in late innings where runs have more value. I explain the details of this correction in the book. While Joba pitched fewer innings than Price, his ability to pitch well when runs were more value gave him more estimated value for the season. Now, this doesn’t mean that I think Chamberlain is “more valuable” than Price as a pitcher overall. In the context of their careers, Price is the better pitcher whose contributions are likely to be more valuable going forward.

  3. Edward says:

    Matt Belisle?! How does a pitcher with an average ERA above 5 for the 2007-2009 seasons it to #5 on the list? I presume Brady Anderson’s meteoric, drug induced rise in ’96 would have had a similar effect on his value. Also, I’m surprised to see Aaron Harang missing from this list.

  4. JC says:

    Ed, these are 2010 values.

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