Orioles’ Guerrero, Lee, Others Costing Team Performance Dollars

Mike Axisa of MLBTradeRumors.com posted a piece yesterday titled “Free Agents Who Are Costing Their Team Money.”  The list basically shows which free agents that signed this past off season are performing to a lower level than their contract dollars would expect.  Using advanced statistics to figure out how much a player is worth in terms of salary figures, here are the Orioles that made the list:

Position Players:

  • Vladimir Guerrero – $8MM salary, -$400K value ($8.4MM deficit)
  • Derrek Lee – $7.25MM salary, $200K value ($7.05MM deficit)


  • Koji Uehara – $3MM salary, -$400K value ($3.4MM deficit)
  • Jeremy Accardo - $1.08MM salary, -$900K value ($1.98MM deficit)
  • Kevin Gregg – $5MM salary, $0 value ($5MM deficit)

That is a $25.83MM total deficit.

It is obvious to fans and media alike that the Orioles are struggling.  While Guerrero, Lee, and Gregg seem to be getting a bit better, this summary puts the off season into perspective for those who claimed the Orioles overpaid for many free agents in the first place.

The Orioles signed a total of seven free agents this past season to major league deals.  Five are listed above.  The other two are Cesar Izturis ($1.5MM salary) and Justin Duchscherer ($700K salary).  With Izturis getting extremely limited playing time and Duchscherer still on the 60 day DL, they are obviously costing the Orioles money, but not significant enough amounts to be listed here.

In the end that means that the Orioles have so far completely failed at signing even one worthwhile free agent contract this off season.

Avi Miller is a graduating senior at Stevenson University aspiring to one day cover the MLB beat. A member of CoSIDA, Avi currently works in sports information at the NCAA Division III level and has previously held positions with the Baltimore Jewish Times and Fox Sports Radio.


  1. MGW

    May 8, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I’d love to see the deficits created by the Derek Jeter signing as well as the Carl “Crawfish” Crawford.

  2. The Intimidator

    May 10, 2011 at 7:45 am

    WOW!!! REALLY??? Didn’t “Ravens2488″ talk about these, Lee, Guerrero, Duchscherer, Gregg garbage signings before the season??

    Wasn’t it you fans who lambasted “Ravens2488″ about it saying how Guerrero had a great year and just happened to tail off at the end of last year and that Duchscherer is a good pickup and even some of you mentioned him being the #1 pitcher on the staff???

    Looks like “Ravens2488″ was right again!

    When are you fans going to realize this team goes by the “Bandaid” approach every year??

    @Mark – Looks like you and “Ravens2488″ are the only realistic people on here when it comes to the Orioles…