UPDATE: The contest is now closed. We’ll continue working on a leaderboard feature so you can track your progress as players sign. Thanks for entering!
Back by popular demand, it’s the MLB Trade Rumors Free Agent Prediction Contest! Click here to enter your picks for the destinations for our top 50 free agents. The deadline for entry is tonight at 11pm central time! You can edit your picks until then. Further contest info:
- This is something we’ve done dating back to 2011, but we took the last few years off due to technical challenges. Our readers ask me about it regularly. Then today I saw that our friends at FanGraphs used Google Forms for a simple free agent contest, and I decided to do the same.
- In the past, we have created a public leaderboard page so you can see who’s winning the contest as players sign with teams. I will attempt to build something like that this winter. If it succeeds, we’re going to use entrants’ full names on it. So, if that concerns you please do not enter the contest. Entries with inappropriate names will be deleted.
- We are also collecting email addresses, which I will use to notify winners. I may also use those email addresses to notify you of next year’s free agent prediction contest.
- If a player signs between now and the close of the contest, that’s a freebie, but you still need to go in and make the correct pick.
- After you submit your picks, you’ll receive an email from Google Forms. In that email, you’ll see a button that allows you to edit your picks.
- We will announce the winners on MLBTR once all 50 free agents have signed. We will award $500 to first place, $300 to second place, and $100 to third place. Winners must respond to an email within one week.
- Ties in the correct number of picks will be broken by summing up the rankings of the free agents of the correct picks and taking the lower total. For example: Tim and Steve each get two picks correct. Tim gets Bryce Harper (#1 ranking) and Adam Ottavino (#20 ranking) for a total of 21 points. Steve gets Yasmani Grandal (#6) and Charlie Morton (#14) for a total of 20 points. Steve’s total is lower and he’s ahead of Tim for tiebreaker purposes.
If you have any further questions, ask us in the comment section of this post! Otherwise, make your picks now!