Because stat-heads can figure anything out (we're awaiting some guy with a calculator to figure out how to get out of Iraq), a columnist in the NY Times got together with the Baseball Prospectus to figure it all out.
The first thing they tried to figure out was just what Barry would do next year. This is a way of measuring his value to a team. The verdict? Barry would hit an average of .270 next season, with about 25 home runs, and 135 walks. No prediction of .OBPS but we're guessing all of this will mean it'll be in the high .300s, possibly in the .400s. That's pretty good.
So good that Bonds will bring a team about five wins just by himself. And wins, as we all know, are good. That's better than any of the remaining free agents out there, which means Barry right now is a pretty good pick. The numbers also say that each win is about $1 million in revenue so Barry is worth at least $5 mil for whoever signs him. If the team makes the playoffs, it'll be upwards of around $40 million in revenue for the club. Considering he is also about to break the home run record and considering he's still a big draw, the potential there is for even more revenue.
One more thing, being in the pennant race can be worth an additional 8 mil in revenues so a team that contends can rake in up to $50 million by signing Barry. Well, not just Barry, but a team that's within a game or two of making the playoffs could if they sign him. It is for this reason that he's more valuable to playoff contenders than non-playoff contenders.
Which, according to the story, would eliminate the Giants.