WAR's most divisive players

Determining which advanced metric is rating these stars correctly

Updated: February 19, 2013, 9:38 AM ET
By Dan Szymborski | Special to ESPN Insider
Matt HarrisonAP Photo/Jim CowsertDepending on which metric you look at, Matt Harrison is an ace or a mid-rotation starter.

One of the more controversial baseball stats today is the beloved/dreaded wins above replacement. The commonly used abbreviation, WAR, is fitting given the stat's status as one of the biggest battlegrounds between the old school and the new school.

There are three commonly cited versions of WAR: One each by FanGraphs and Baseball Reference, and another by Baseball Prospectus that is called WARP. All attempt to measure the same thing.

Complicating this epic struggle is that while the various flavors of WAR tend to broadly agree on most players -- they all concur that Justin Verlander is amazing and Jeff Francoeur is, well, a very nice dude. There are always a handful of players that the stats disagree on.

Today, we're going to look at the players the WAR systems disagree on the most and, in the American judicial tradition, decide on a verdict.