Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: Jarrod Saltalamacchia

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: Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Some relevant information regarding Saltalamacchia:

  • Has averaged 435 PA and 2.4 WAR over last three seasons.
  • Has averaged 2.6 WAR per 480 PA* over last three seasons.
  • Recorded a 3.6 WAR in 470 PA in 2013.
  • Is entering his age-29 season.
  • Made $4.5M in 2013, avoiding arbitration.

*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 Saltalamacchia this offseason.

Other Players: Brian McCann / A.J. Pierzynski / Carlos Ruiz.



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Chase
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Chase
2 years 10 months ago

Isn’t this age-29 season for Salty?

Julian
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Julian
2 years 10 months ago

Did you mean age-29 season? Salty is not yet 39 years old.

tz
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tz
2 years 10 months ago

$1 million per letter per year.

That Guy
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That Guy
2 years 10 months ago

BABIP is going to help him get an extra $30M. At least.

Drew
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Drew
2 years 10 months ago

Are teams that dumb / wasteful?

MustBunique
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Member
2 years 10 months ago

It depends on the team?

Wobatus
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Wobatus
2 years 10 months ago

I agree and even said this in my comment on the form.

But consider, he was second in baseball in line drive rate. The top 10, all players above 450 PA:

1. James Loney
2. Salty
3. Gregor Blanco
4. Joe Mauer
5. Austin Jackson
6. Howie Kendrick
7. Matt Carpenter
8. Joey Votto
9. Chris Johnson
10. Allen Craig

Not sustainable, but he also had a high gb rate and lower fb rate. It hurt his ISO a bit, and he still K’d a bunch, albeit slightly less. And unlike prior years he didn’t fade in the second half, which i though may be due to catching.

But yeah, this year seems a bit of an outlier.

Wobatus
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Wobatus
2 years 10 months ago

Not a high gb rate, but higher than last year.

Wobatus
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Wobatus
2 years 10 months ago

He also mashes righties but can’t hit lefties, and especially seems to like crushing righties at Fenway.

james wilson
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james wilson
2 years 10 months ago

He’ll take a hometown discount just as Pedroia did.

David
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David
2 years 10 months ago

Think he’ll get 4 years, 40 mill total. Maybe a tad lower or higher depending upon need and who the team going after him will be. Anything above 4 years is a huge mistake for Salty IMO though.

Michael
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Michael
2 years 10 months ago

4 years $52 million. Switch-hitting catcher with power definitely worth it.

Brian
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Brian
2 years 10 months ago

based on his splits, he should probably give it up and just bat left-handed.

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