It is now past midnight on the east coast, just 9 p.m. PT, but the quiet period is over, and Major League Baseball free agency is officially here. Anyone is free to sign now with any team.
This isn't like the NBA, with a rush at the very first minute in the courting process. Baseball for the most part takes things relatively nice and slow. Which gives us time to hold a contest.
Guess where these nine Dodgers free agents will sign this offseason:
- Brett Anderson
- Bronson Arroyo
- Zack Greinke
- Chris Heisey
- Howie Kendrick
- Joel Peralta
- Jimmy Rollins
- Justin Ruggiano
- Chase Utley
Submit your guesses in the comments below this post. I will accept submissions until 9 p.m. PT on Friday, Nov. 13. Anything submitted in the comments after that will not count. If any of these nine players sign somewhere before next Friday's deadline, they will not count toward the contest.
For each player, I am looking for two things: his new team, and the number of guaranteed years of his contract.
Anderson: A's, 3
Arroyo: Nationals, 4
Greinke: Marlins, 12
Heisey: Reds, 1
Kendrick: Angels, 5
Peralta: Rays, 4
Rollins: A's, 1
Ruggiano: Yankees, 1
Utley: Mets, 8
Tiebreaker: $284.73 million
Guess the team correctly: 5 pts.
Guess the number of guaranteed years correctly: 1-2 years, 2 pts; 3+ years, 1 pt. per year.
Guess the total guaranteed money of Greinke's contract. In the event of a tie, the closest in absolute value to Greinke's actual total contract will win.
Players must sign before Sunday, Apr. 3, 2016. Any deal struck after that will result in no points.
Years must match exactly. Guessing a one-year deal correctly nets two points. Every other correct guess nets points equal to the number of years.
If a player signs a two-year deal plus an option year, that is a two-year deal, not three.
If a player signs a six-year deal with an opt-out after three years, that is a six-year deal.
Minor league deals don't count. No points will be awarded.
Entries for this contest must be entered in the comments section of this post, and must be entered by 9 p.m. PT on Nov. 13.
- 1st place: Pick two bobbleheads of your choice, from my collection
- 2nd place: One bobblehead of your choice, from my collection
- 3rd place: You're fired
Remember, put your guesses in the comments below. Guesses must be received by Nov. 13 at 9 p.m. PT