Can you guess which player costs his team the least amount of money per play?
(We looked at salary and stats from the 2012 season for the NFL, the 2012-13 season for the NBA, and 2013 for MLB — prorated as of 8/12.)
Baltimore OriolesPaul Goldschmidt
Arizona DiamondbacksPedro Alvarez
Goldschmidt has supplied his Diamondbacks hits at less than $3K a pop so far this season. Chris Davis is keeping it under $19K, and Alvarez a bit more than $5K.
Philadelphia PhilliesVernon Wells
New York YankeesJoe Mauer
Among this group of highly-paid veterans, Young is getting paid almost $1.7MM per HR, which barely beats out Wells and Mauer, both near $1.8MM per.
New York MetsJustin Masterson
Cleveland IndiansYu Darvish
Harvey only gets $2K for each trio of strikes. Masterson's banking more than 12 times that, and Darvish more than 16 times Matt's measly sum.
Golden State WarriorsDamian Lillard
Portland TrailblazersKlay Thompson
Golden State Warriors
The west coast made it rain on the cheap last year. Klay tossed them in from range for just $10K, while his teammate Curry was doing it for a bit more at $14.5K. Meanwhile the Rookie of the Year was under $17K per trey for the Blazers.
Oklahoma City ThunderChandler Parsons
Houston RocketsNikola Vucevic
Parsons made less than a million dollars last year, so his cost per point was only $755. Compare that to the scoring title holder, KD, at $6.5K or Superman's replacement in Orlando at $1.7K, and someone obviously deserves a raise.
New Orleans HornetsMike Conley
Memphis GrizzliesJrue Holiday
Vasquez dished it out at $1.7K per assist. Holiday's dimes still just cost a modest $4K, while Conley's were $15K.
Chicago BearsRichard Sherman
Seattle SeahawksStevie Brown
New York Giants
Sherman stepped into the spotlight last year with 8 picks at $64K each. Stevie also had 8 at a close $68K. Jennings beat them both in number with 9, but each of his came at more than $150K.
Indianapolis ColtsCharles Woodson
Green Bay PackersMario Williams
The hundred-million-dollar man was actually cost effective? In this group of big-contract vets he was, at $200K per tackle. Woodson's were a bulky $300K, and Freeney's an outright ridiculous $1.6MM.
New England PatriotsAdrian Peterson
Minnesota VikingsAlfred Morris
Morris ran the rock for chump change, making just $83 a foot! Ridley got twice that much, but AP made $1.6K for each of his almost 7,000 ft.
Green Bay PackersMatt Bryant
Atlanta FalconsArian Foster
Bryant's extra points and field goals cost $20K a piece. Foster and Rodgers had to work a lot harder for their 6-point scores, of course, but they were amply rewarded at $78K and $37K per point, respectively.
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