Imagine you’re the GM of your favorite team. Ever wonder, “What would it take to get [player x]?” if your team needs to fill a gap? Or, “What can we get for [player x]?” if your team is underperforming? Did anyone ever answer that question to your satisfaction? Maybe it was on a website, or in a chat, or on a radio show? We’re guessing the answer is… no.
And we think that’s because there’s a gap here. Fans don’t really understand how teams value their players. Heck, most journalists don’t either. If they answer, they’re probably just guessing.
Well, we’re here to answer those questions, and then some. We built a database with estimated trade values of almost 4,000 players – from established major leaguers to obscure prospects – so you can get a better sense of what those players might be worth in trade.
Are we making this up?
No. We studied hundreds of real-life trades, and used those as a guide to match up our numbers to the ones MLB teams are using. Check out our History section to show how our values match up to theirs.
Are we experts?
We’re not baseball front-office analysts, but we know a bit about trade value (and player valuations in general) because we’ve been doing this site since 2019, and it’s been received well in the industry.
We talk to MLB front offices and pro baseball agencies often – enough to get a sense that this site is viewed with credibility. They have their own valuation models and staffs, but it doesn’t hurt to have a broad viewpoint, which is what we try to provide.
This site has also been featured in the media, including The Athletic, the NY Post, Sports Illustrated, the NY Daily News, ESPN NY Radio, The Ringer, Fangraphs’ Effectively Wild podcast, and many others.
Will our numbers be right all the time?
No, because that would be impossible, because team needs are different and in-house models vary. And it’s important to note that we are not trying to be predictive. But we do think they are reasonable estimates — reasonable enough for fans to enjoy using them as a basis for our popular Trade Simulator. We are also transparent about how our numbers match real life.