Fair Value: Pitchers With Similar WAR to Howie Kendrick

H O W I E - Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

As I did in my last post, I'm presenting to you pitchers throughout MLB that have similar WAR to our trade chips. Today we are looking at Howie Kendrick.

One thing to note: Howie is pretty darn good. Using BB-Ref's WAR, Kendrick averages 4.0 WAR per 162 games. Using Fangraphs version, he averages 3.5. Either way, he's a valuable guy.

So...if we're estimating that Howie is a 3.5-4.0 WAR player, I looked for pitchers that were basically 3.3ish to 4.3ish. As I stated in my previous post, this is highly unscientific - I'm just trying to show somewhat equal value for one of our players.

Going through this excercise, though, I found it very difficult to find matches for Howie. Kansas City, the most obvious team in need of a 2B, had James Shields (too high of WAR, and unavailable anyways), then Greg Holland (slightly too low, but a reliever), then the rest. No match. Due to this, I expanded to 2012 as well, just to see where there might be a fit. Bottom line, pitchers in or above Howie's range - I believe - have a very high perceived value, and would be challenging to pry away. But Howie is good enough that I would demand a #2/#3 starter anyways. Because of this, I doubt Kendrick is going anywhere this winter.

I made a couple of changes this time around, based on user suggestions. I included age and contract status, and went with BB-Ref's WAR, instead of Fangraphs.

Here's what I came up with (remember, I tried to identify teams that maybe/coulda/sorta use a 2B):

Team Pitcher Age Contract
BAL Tillman 26 Arb 2015
NYY Nova 27 Arb 2014
TOR Buerhle * 35 2/$37M
ATL Medlen 28 Arb 2014
ATL Kimbrel 26 Arb 2014
LAD Ryu 27 5/$32.7M
OAK Parker * 25 Arb 2015
* Based on 2012

Pretty limited market. Tillman (unlikely), Medlen and Nova are about as close as we can come. Buerhle and Ryu cost too much, and Parker is within our division (although Beane has never shied away for that reason).

Once again, fire away with errors, omissions, and suggestions.

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