It's a real question.
On one of the many threads this week, someone (and I can't remember who or I'd quote it) said something to the effect of, "if a player fits your need he isn't overpaid".
That's obviously an oversimplification, but we get off on this topic for a lot of our discussions. Is a player overpaid under some of these circumstances:
- if he fills the final niche a team needs to win a championship?
- if the team makes a profit even after paying him a high salary?
- if a less productive player makes more money?
- if he was a low draft pick putting up the same numbers as a higher draft pick?
- if others at his draft position are more productive?
- if he is a fan favorite?
and there are probably lots more.
It just strikes me that "thus-and-so is overpaid" is easy to say, but I think everyone means something different when they say it.
I think it is also common to assess a player on your own team as overpaid, but how do you really make that judgement for a player on another team? Is it based on what they bring to THEIR team or what they would bring to YOUR team?