Tom, I appreciate your taking the time to respond to this discussion. Thank you for doing so.
I confess I'm still baffled though. The salaries for these players makes no sense to me.
Just one more time, let's compare two players.
2004 Pat Borders (partial season with Seattle):
AVG# = .186
OBP# = .201
SLG# = .262
2001 Shawn Wooten
AVG# = .310
OBP# = .330
SLG# = .442
Wooten is a much better offensive player, and appears to be at least as good defensively as Borders. Wooten has more than 4x the number of PA. Yet Wooten's salary is only $360K more than Borders.
Borders's $/PA = $20,628
Wooten's $/PA = $6,459
Borders costs more than 3x per PA than Wooten. If Borders's salary is "more inline with his value in the SIM" then why doesn't Wooten cost $4.5M or so? It seems like Wooten is an incredible bargain by comparison.