Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: Carlos Ruiz

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: Carlos Ruiz.

Some relevant information regarding Ruiz:

  • Has averaged 411 PA and 3.2 WAR over last three seasons.
  • Has averaged 3.7 WAR per 480 PA* over last three seasons.
  • Recorded a 1.4 WAR in 341 PA in 2013.
  • Is entering his age-35 season.
  • Made $5.0M in 2013, as part of deal signed in 2010.

*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 Ruiz this offseason.

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

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LONNIE
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LONNIE

2 YEARS at 6mil each. 35 yrs old, not willing to go longer on his deal.

JayT
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JayT

That’s what I was thinking too. For both what the Phillies (or whoever else signs him) would pay and what I think they should pay. If he’s healthy, he’s great, but predicting health for a 35-36 year old catcher is a bit difficult.

anonynous
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anonynous

2/12 is what I entered before I looked at the comments.

Choo
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You and I might not be comfortable paying more than $6/yr, but what about baseball? Straight WAR-to-dollars, Ruiz was worth $7.7 mil this season and twice that in each of the previous three seasons. A solid defender with a plus bat for the position, combined with the continued infusion of revenue money, I would be surprised at anything less than $8/yr.

coldseat
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coldseat

I see $8 for 2 yrs, too. Seems like there are more teams looking for catchers than there are catchers. He might even land an option for a 3rd year.

SS
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SS

So you’re predicting 2 WAR for two years? He should pass the 2 WAR mark over the course of 1 mostly-healthy season.

TKDC
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TKDC

Why on Earth would you predict a mostly healthy season from an aging catcher who has managed over 121 games once in his career? I said I’d give him 1/6 but I think he gets 2/16.