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Daily Notes, In Which Contract Crowdsourcing Begins

Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.

1. Contract Crowdsourcing: An Introduction
2. Contract Crowdsourcing: Catchers
3. Today’s One Playoff Game

Contract Crowdsourcing: An Introduction
A Thing That’s a Fact
A totally true fact is that free agency this year begins a mere five days after the end of the World Series — at which point, major- and minor-league free agents may sign contracts with teams other than their former clubs.

Another Thing That’s a Fact
Another thing that’s a fact is how, despite clearly lacking all taste so far as books and films are concerned, is how the Crowds possess a certain Wisdom wherein estimating figures is concerned — like the weight of a slaughtered and dressed ox, for example.

The Only Obvious Conclusion
The only obvious conclusion one is permitted to draw from the true facts above is that the Crowds might be particularly well-suited to estimating the contract year and dollar-value amounts this offseason’s notable free agents are likely to receive.

The Other Only Obvious Conclusion
The other obvious conclusion is that, as was the case last year, that FanGraphs might be particularly well-suited to facilitating such crowdsourcing project.

Relevant Announcement
This edition of the Daily Notes marks the beginning of contract crowdsourcing for 2013’s notable free agents.

Contract Crowdsourcing: Catchers
Our contract crowdourcing project for this offseason begins with five catchers. Use the forms below to predict the years and average annual dollar values for the following players.

Player Page: Russell Martin

Player Page: Mike Napoli

Player Page: A.J. Pierzynski

Player Page: David Ross

Player Page: Kelly Shoppach

Today’s One Playoff Game
NLCS, Game 2 (1-0 STL) | St. Louis at San Francisco | 20:00 ET on FOX
STL: Chris Carpenter (17.0 IP, 114 xFIP-, 0.2 WAR)
SF: Ryan Vogelsong (189.2 IP, 106 xFIP-, 2.6 WAR)