Daily Archives: November 17, 2016

Justin Verlander Should Have 3 Cy Youngs

Where The Internet Thinks The MLB Free Agents Will Sign (1-15)

Last week, Off The Bench opened up our MLB Free Agent Predictor contest to the public. Max and I had a great time guessing where last year’s stars would end up, so we imagined that other baseball nerds would have a similarly good time. We offered up a $20 reward to whoever turns out to be the most accurate prognosticator and we circulated our little form around. After the first day, we had 27 people signed up. I never even expected that many. Truthfully, I figured we would get about 5 of our friends to join us and prepared the infrastructure to support the competition as such. I realized that I hadn’t even set a goal; so I set 50 as a good goal.
Well, we ended up with 109 responses!


My poor coding ability was no match for the volume of responses we received. Take a look at the Top 30 Free Agent Standings page and you’ll see just how I did not properly prepare for this many interested parties. That thing is clunky.

The good part about getting 109 responses is that now we have data! Annually, Fangraphs does a contract crowdsourcing to try to use the power of the internet to determine where, for how long, and for how much free agents will sign. We have done the same thing, but we’ve given people a carrot to dream for: $20 and the sweet pleasure of victory.

Rather than hoard all of that data and build a shrine to the fact that I got 109 people on the internet to do something, I opted to share it here with a little note about each player. This is the top half. The bottom half of the top 30 rankings ran here.


Cespedes is the definitely the biggest domino to fall this off season, as we wrote about last week, but the internet isn’t sure where he’ll land. Certainly the Mets have a need, a familiarity with the player, and the desire to reunite, but do they have the money?

To find out what the internet thinks the top MLB Free Agents will Sign, check out OTBB.

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