The Houston Astros Best and Worst Investments

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Sep 24, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros second baseman

Jose Altuve

(27) runs to first base during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros opened up their pocketbooks this offseason, and fans are hoping that this will end up being money well spent, both in 2015, and for the duration of some of these new contracts. Three of this offseason’s new additions made the list that follows, but will they be deemed good values?

Bleacher Report’s Joel Reuter went around the league and compiled each team’s best and worst values based on their projected numbers for 2015. The Houston Astros came in 9th place in Reuter’s “Moneyball” power rankings, which essentially lists each team’s projected win total, what their projected payroll will be, and how much the team spends per win.

The formula he uses for finding player values is relatively simple: (2015 zWAR x 5.5) – 2015 salary = net value. The 5.5 is the estimated value that has been placed on a WAR of 1.0. So, if a player has a WAR of 1.0, that would be worth $5.5M. If that player makes just $4M in 2015, then the net value would be +1.5M.

Simple right? Here is who Reuter came up with from the Astros roster.

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