Contract Crowdsourcing 2015-16: Day 1 of 15

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 giant and large 2015-16 free-agent market.

Below are links to ballots for five of this year’s free agents, all of them catchers.

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Alex Avila (Profile)
Some relevant information regarding Avila:

  • Has averaged 352 PA and 1.0 WAR over last three seasons.
  • Has averaged 1.3 WAR per 450 PA* over last three seasons.
  • Recorded a 0.3 WAR in 219 PA in 2015.
  • Is projected to record 2.3 WAR per 450 PA**.
  • Is entering his age-29 season.
  • Made $5.4M in 2015, as part of deal signed in January of 2014.

*That is, a roughly average number of plate appearances for a starting catcher.
**Prorated version of final updated 2015 Steamer projections available here.

Click here to estimate years and dollars for Avila.

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Chris Iannetta (Profile)
Some relevant information regarding Iannetta:

  • Has averaged 363 PA and 1.8 WAR over last three seasons.
  • Has averaged 2.3 WAR per 450 PA* over last three seasons.
  • Recorded a 0.5 WAR in 317 PA in 2015.
  • Is projected to record 2.1 WAR per 450 PA**.
  • Is entering his age-33 season.
  • Made $5.5M in 2015, as part of deal signed in October 2012.

*That is, a roughly average number of plate appearances for a starting catcher.
**Prorated version of final updated 2015 Steamer projections available here.

Click here to estimate years and dollars for Iannetta.

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Dioner Navarro (Profile)
Some relevant information regarding Navarro:

  • Has averaged 326 PA and 1.6 WAR over last three seasons.
  • Has averaged 2.2 WAR per 450 PA* over last three seasons.
  • Recorded a 0.5 WAR in 192 PA in 2015.
  • Is projected to record 1.5 WAR per 450 PA**.
  • Is entering his age-32 season.
  • Made $5.0M in 2015, as part of deal signed in December 2013.

*That is, a roughly average number of plate appearances for a starting catcher.
**Prorated version of final updated 2015 Steamer projections available here.

Click here to estimate years and dollars for Navarro.

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Geovany Soto (Profile)
Some relevant information regarding Soto:

  • Has averaged 160 PA and 0.8 WAR over last three seasons.
  • Has averaged 2.2 WAR per 450 PA* over last three seasons.
  • Recorded a 1.1 WAR in 210 PA in 2015.
  • Is projected to record 1.0 WAR per 450 PA**.
  • Is entering his age-33 season.
  • Made $1.5M in 2015, as part of deal signed in January 2015.

*That is, a roughly average number of plate appearances for a starting catcher.
**Prorated version of final updated 2015 Steamer projections available here.

Click here to estimate years and dollars for Soto.

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Matt Wieters (Profile)
Some relevant information regarding Wieters:

  • Has averaged 324 PA and 1.5 WAR over last three seasons.
  • Has averaged 2.1 WAR per 450 PA* over last three seasons.
  • Recorded a 1.0 WAR in 282 PA in 2015.
  • Is projected to record 2.2 WAR per 450 PA**.
  • Is entering his age-30 season.
  • Made $8.3M in 2015, as part of deal signed in January 2015.

*That is, a roughly average number of plate appearances for a starting catcher.
**Prorated version of final updated 2015 Steamer projections available here.

Click here to estimate years and dollars for Wieters.

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Jim S.
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Jim S.

Oh my.

Kiley McDaniel has joined the Braves as assistant director of baseball operations:

http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/baseball/former-catcher-ted-simmons-among-braves-scouting-h/nn2BY/

Dooduh
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Dooduh

WOW. Kind of a nice feather in the FG cap. Hope that the info he was providing here can be picked up by someone else. Was a great niche he was filling here.

steve
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steve

Weird that the Kiley is mentioned last, as that’s the biggest hire. But I guess he didn’t play 30 years ago…