Contract Crowdsourcing 2020-21: Ballot 3 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, the idea being to harness the wisdom of the crowd to better understand and project the 2020-21 free-agent market.

This year, we’ve added a few new features to the ballots based on reader feedback. You now have the option to indicate that a player will only receive a minor-league contract, or won’t receive one at all. We’ve elected to show averages from the 2017-2019 seasons so that this year’s shortened slate doesn’t skew the numbers, but we’ve also included 2020 stats as a point of recent reference. 2020 salary figures represent players’ pre-pandemic contract amounts. Statistics are prorated to full season where noted; the projected WAR figures are from the first cut of the 2021 Steamer600 projections.

Below are ballots for 11 of this year’s free agents — in this case, a collection of position players, several of whom are known for their versatility in the field. It also features Ha-seong Kim, a notable KBO infielder who is likely to be posted this offseason.





Meg is the managing editor of FanGraphs and the co-host of Effectively Wild. Prior to joining FanGraphs, her work appeared at Baseball Prospectus, Lookout Landing, and Just A Bit Outside. You can follow her on twitter @megrowler.

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sadtrombonemember
2 years ago

Lot of 1 year contracts here…and then the batting title leader in the AL and one of the top 5 players in the KBO.

mikejuntmember
2 years ago
Reply to  sadtrombone

A bunch of these guys who are ‘1 year’ contracts are first-time free agents (Like Hernandez)

sadtrombonemember
2 years ago
Reply to  mikejunt

Oh, what I mean by that is that they are unlikely to get more than a 1 year contract. Sorry, that wasn’t clear.

fjtorres
2 years ago
Reply to  sadtrombone

Not thinking of these guys necessarily, but some of this year’s FAs might be lucky to get even that. Non tenders are also likely to be common.
Charlie Finley’s plan may not come to pass but this year will bring something close.

dukewinslowmember
2 years ago
Reply to  sadtrombone

Would have liked to have seen Ozuna, but maybe he’s another just one year guy

Doug Lampertmember
2 years ago
Reply to  sadtrombone

So far, I’m giving an awful lot of qualifying offers accepted. I guess I think both owners and players will want some security.

bluerum29
2 years ago
Reply to  Doug Lampert

I’ve only given 1 or 2 qualifying offers even offered to players. Most of these players aren’t worth half of the qualifying offer.

Jason Bmember
2 years ago
Reply to  Doug Lampert

Out of curiosity, which of this set did you think would be offered? The only one I could see was LeMahieu who I don’t think will accept it.

ETA: I *do* see a lot of 1-year, $3MM type deals in this set of ten.