ottoneu arbitration came to an end last weekend, with more than 25,000 allocations totaling more than $35,000 handed out to nearly 450 MLB and MiLB players. The results, as always are occasionally interesting, often expected and sometimes surprising.
You probably won’t be surprised, for example, to find out that Carlos Correa received the most arbitration dollars, but you might be surprised that Mike Trout and Joey Votto – neither of whom were particularly cheap in most leagues, were among the 35 leading targets.
|Player||Dollars Allocated||Total Allocations||Average Dollars per Allocation|
That is a table of the 35 players who received $300 or more across all leagues. A couple names jumped out at me. Trout and Votto, I already mentioned, but there are a couple more. I’m surprised how many players in here likely were NOT cheap already – Rizzo, Goldschmidt, Scherzer, Greinke are all pretty pricey in my leagues. I was also surprised to see Corey Seager make the list. His AAA numbers were more good than great, though they would certainly play for a SS, and he didn’t really have enough MLB time to prove himself – but it seems the ottoneu owners are not waiting to drive up his price.
A couple players mentioned above – Trout and Greinke – stand out for another reason. While they are not right at the top of the list (34th and 27th in dollars, respectively), they were 7th and 13th in dollars per allocation. It seems that they were not popular targets, per se, but had the “biggest fans.” The relatively low number of owners who targeted them hit them hard.
1,757 total teams were allocated to, out of which 31 (1.8%) were hit with the max possible $33. 145 teams (8.3%) were hit with $30 or more. That means that, on average, one team per league was hit with $30+ and one team out of every six leagues was hit with $33. This includes some leagues that didn’t have all owners allocate, so if your league had full participation, your chances of getting hit were a bit higher.
How about some really random stats? Seven players were hit with only one allocation across the entire universe – but were hit for the full $3 with that one allocation. Four seem like joke allocations or perhaps a result of collusion (J.D. Davis, Jeremy Jeffress, Mark Trumbo, and Seth Maness), but three – Alex Guerrero, Chase Utley, and Raimel Tapia – are likely the result of one owner who really just wanted to take a swipe at them.
Among players with at least 10 total allocations, Correa lead the way with $1.85 per allocation, but Tyler Glasnow tied Bryant for second – 15 allocations for $26, or $1.73 per allocation).
By position, your leading targets were:
- C – Kyle Schwarber ($761 across 490 allocations)
- 1B – Anthony Rizzo ($628 across 425 allocations)
- 2B – Jose Altuve ($299 across 224)
- SS – Carlos Correa ($1396 across 755)
- 3B – Kris Bryant ($1359 across 786)
- OF – Bryce Harper ($966 across 572)
- SP – Jake Arrieta ($1273 across 751)
- RP – Wade Davis ($161 across 128)
And overall by position?
|Position||Dollars Allocated||Number of Allocations|
SP and OF clearly the largest, which makes sense since they take up nearly half the starting positions on a roster. 3B and SS the next two big dogs (thank you Correa and Bryant and Lindor and Arenado and Sano and so on).
No big take-aways here – but allocations are among my favorite part of ottoneu, so it’s fun to look closer.
Chad Young is a product manager at Amazon by day and a baseball writer (RotoGraphs, Let's Go Tribe), sports fan and digital enthusiast at all times. Follow him on Twitter @chadyoung.