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1996-1997 Free Agency


Rk Player Pos Age From To Signed 1997 EstLvl 1996 1995 1994
1 Albert Belle LF 30 CLE CHW Nov 19 1.5 6.1 5.7 7.0 5.7
2 Roger Clemens SP 34 BOS TOR Dec 13 12.1 5.8 7.8 1.9 6.0
3 John Smoltz SP 30 ATL ATL Nov 20 5.4 5.8 7.7 4.0 1.2
4 Alex Fernandez SP 27 CHW FLA Dec 09 4.1 5.0 6.4 3.8 3.0
5 David Wells SP 34 BAL NYY Dec 24 4.3 3.6 2.9 5.2 2.7
6 Tim Naehring 3B 30 BOS BOS Dec 13 2.3 3.6 3.6 4.2 2.1
7 Dennis Martinez SP 43 CLE SEA Feb 20 -1.1 3.4 1.5 5.7 4.6
8 Mark McLemore 2B 32 TEX TEX Dec 13 0.4 3.2 4.3 1.4 1.3
9 Dave Hollins 3B 31 SEA ANA Nov 20 3.5 3.2 4.2 1.7 -0.7
10 Terry Steinbach C 35 OAK MIN Dec 05 0.6 3.1 3.4 2.6 3.1
11 Mark Whiten RF 30 SEA NYY Jan 09 -0.1 2.8 3.4 1.7 3.1
12 Jim Eisenreich RF 38 PHI FLA Dec 03 0.3 2.6 2.9 2.8 1.4
13 Eric Plunk RP 33 CLE CLE Dec 10 0.2 2.6 3.0 2.1 2.2
14 Ryne Sandberg 2B 37 CHC CHC Nov 27 0.8 2.4 3.2 0.0 0.9
15 Kevin Tapani SP 33 CHW CHC Dec 13 1.8 2.4 3.2 1.2 2.1
16 Eric Davis CF 35 CIN BAL Dec 19 1.1 2.4 3.1 0.0 -0.3
17 Greg Vaughn LF 31 SDP SDP Dec 19 0.2 2.3 3.1 -0.4 1.3
18 Luis Gonzalez LF 29 CHC HOU Dec 19 2.0 2.3 2.6 2.2 1.6
19 Harold Baines DH 38 CHW CHW Jan 10 1.7 2.2 2.8 2.2 0.6
20 Benito Santiago C 32 PHI TOR Dec 09 0.8 2.2 2.9 1.6 1.4
21 Tony Castillo RP 34 CHW CHW Dec 11 -1.3 2.2 1.7 2.7 2.5
22 Bobby Bonilla RF 34 BAL FLA Nov 22 2.0 2.2 1.1 3.4 2.8
23 Jimmy Key SP 36 NYY BAL Dec 10 4.5 2.2 2.9 0.0 4.4
24 Danny Darwin SP 41 HOU CHW Feb 07 1.4 2.1 2.9 -1.2 0.0
25 John Wetteland RP 30 NYY TEX Dec 17 2.9 2.0 2.4 1.7 1.4
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Established Level Methodology

The calculation is based on the "Established Level" portion of Bill James Favorite Toy.
- The metric from the current year (1997) is multiplied by 3.
- The previous year's (1996) metric is multiplied by 2.
- The metric from two years prior (1995) is added to the above totals and they are divided by 6.
- One caveat is that the final "Established Level" should not be below 75% of the current year's (1997) metric

Example:

Player X has 5.0 WAR in 1997, 7.0 WAR in 1996, and 4.0 WAR in 1995.
((5.0 x 3) + (7.0 x 2) + 4.0) / 6 = 5.5 WAR