Earlier in the week we asked you if you wanted the Giants to bring back Carlos Beltran, and now it’s time to look at the results of our poll.
Question 1: Do you want the Giants to bring back Carlos Beltran?
Three-quarters of respondents would like to see Beltran back in the black and orange. Honestly I thought that this would be more split but I guess the fan base really wants the Giants to spend more money on offense even if management does not necessarily see eye to eye on that issue.
Question 2: How Many Years Would You Give Beltran?
No surprises here, with Beltran coming into his age 35 season fans want to give him a short deal (except for one person who was feeling generous and wanted to give him an 8-year deal) with the largest portion of people choosing 3 years and an average of 2.7 years.
I have a feeling that some American League team will give him a longer deal than what Giants fans would be comfortable with because they have the fallback of the DH, but I guess we will have to see things play out.
Question 3: How Much Would You Pay Beltran?
There was less consensus around the average pay but for the most part the largest amount of responses were in the $10-15 million per year range. The average salary came out $11.25 million a season with the median response of $12 million per year.
If we assume that one win above replacement is equal to $4.5 million then our respondents think Beltran is likely to be around 2.5 wins above replacement per year. That is probably not a bad estimate of what I would expect over the life of a 3-year deal and if he stays healthy there is still some room for upside surplus value for the team.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our poll.