Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: James Loney

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: James Loney.

Some relevant information regarding Loney:

  • Has averaged 548 PA and 1.4 WAR over last three seasons.
  • Has averaged 1.6 WAR per 600 PA over last three seasons.
  • Recorded a 2.7 WAR in 598 PA in 2013.
  • Is entering his age-30 season.
  • Made $2.0M (plus incentives) in 2013 as part of free-agent deal.

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

Other Players: Adam Lind / Brian McCann / A.J. Pierzynski / Carlos Ruiz / Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

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9 years ago

I’m thinking something similar to another Rays reclamation project in Jeff Keppinger, 3/12. Obviously Kepp didn’t live up to it this year but there are a lot of similarities between the two, if you sub Loney’s plus defense at 1B for Kepp’s average-ish defense + flexibility. Good contact, meh power veterans.