Contract Crowdsourcing 2019-20: Ballot 1 of 10

Free agency begins five days after the end of the World Series. As in other recent offseasons, FanGraphs is once again facilitating a contract-crowdsourcing project this offseason, the idea being to harness the wisdom of the crowds to the end of better understanding the 2019-20 free-agent market.

Below are ballots for nine of this year’s free agents — in this case, a collection of infield sorts, primarily first basemen and second basemen. Numbers are prorated to full season where noted. Projected WAR figures from the final update of the 2019 Steamer forecast.

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Meg is the managing editor of FanGraphs, the host of FanGraphs Audio, and the co-co-host of Effectively Wild. Her work has previously appeared at Baseball Prospectus, Lookout Landing, and Just A Bit Outside.

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Nathan
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Nathan

Needs to be a minor league contract and no contract option.

ScottyB
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ScottyB

For example, I can’t imagine Duda is signed to a major league contract.

Also, I put down that Abreu would be extended and would sign a QO, but the form still required me to enter contract details.

Monsignor Martinez
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Monsignor Martinez

I handled that in a way where I estimate the contract assuming the player does not receive/accept a QO. I do realize, however, that if the player does receive a QO but declines it, that can make a world of difference on what teams are willing to pay him, so even that isn’t the best way of handling it.

TKDC
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TKDC

I just put the QO amount. Though I honestly think he gets boned by the market if he turns down the QO.

MikeS
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MikeS

My guess is that Abreu gets and accepts the QO, then the White Sox sign him to something a little longer – say 2 or 3 years. Or they even just sign him to that during the 5 day exclusive window after the WS. They seem to like him more than other teams do, he likes them, and they don’t have a lot of other options unless they plan on moving Collins or Jimenez to 1B, which just opens up holes elsewhere.

Maybe they let him shop around a little to see what he can get somewhere in that process, but with the QO hanging around his neck that probably isn’t a whole lot. My guess is that he is their 1B opening day 2020.