Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: A.J. Pierzynski

Free agency begins five days after the end of the World Series. As in other recent offseasons, FanGraphs is once again facilitating this offseason a contract-crowdsourcing project, the idea being to harness the wisdom of the crowds to the end of better understanding the 2013-14 free-agent market.

Note that, this year, in addition to asking readers to estimate the years/dollars each free agent is likely to receive, FanGraphs is also requesting that readers make note of how much they’d pay each free agent were they, themselves, actual GMs.

In this edition: A.J. Pierzynski.

Some relevant information regarding Pierzynski:

  • Has averaged 515 PA and 2.1 WAR over last three seasons.
  • Has averaged 1.9 WAR per 480 PA* over last three seasons.
  • Recorded a 1.7 WAR in 525 PA in 2013.
  • Is entering his age-37 season.
  • Made $7.5M in 2013, as part of one-year deal with Texas.

*That is, a roughly average number of plate appearances for a starting catcher.

Using the form below, estimate the years and average annual dollar values both likely and ought to be received by Pierzynski this offseason.

Other Players: Brian McCann.




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10 Responses to “Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: A.J. Pierzynski”

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  1. tz says:

    I’ll take a swing:

    Using my brain, 1 year for $5.5 million.

    Using my mind, 1 year for $5.5 million.

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  2. GilaMonster says:

    I’ll say 2 year / $12 million.
    I’d probably give him 1 year/ 6 million.

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  3. CC says:

    How much should the player being a d-bag factor into this?

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    • GOMarteeeen says:

      In past years i would have agreed, but now that he plays for mine, im saying the “attributes that make him a d-bag” are worth another 2 mill per

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  4. JayT says:

    I don’t see him doing better than year to year at this point. I’d guess that he’ll end up with a similar contract to last year. I’d be willing to go one year at $5-$6 million. He’s worth having because he is a decent enough starting catcher, but I also feel like he could be the type of guy that would fall off a cliff, so I wouldn’t want to tie up too much money in him.

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  5. DrEasy says:

    Not much supply (McCann, Salty, AJP and ? Shinnosuke Abe maybe?) and a lot of demand (Boston, Yankees, Jays, Texas among the high budget teams at least) for catchers who can hit this year, and so I expect some major overpayment. I say 2 years for a whopping total of $20M.

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  6. filihok says:

    He’ll get 2/7
    I’ll offer 1/8

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  7. Spit Ball says:

    He oughta be a Yankee with that late career pull power. Would fit in quickly with a veteran staff. I might go 2/15 if I were Cashman. Another year of Stewart and Cervelli; no thanks.

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