Originally written on The Platoon Advantage  |  Last updated 11/30/12
As you may have noticed, I (Jason) have been attempting to write more here on good ol' TPA. I owe Bill and Mike a lot and I haven't really been handling my obligations lately. Tonight, though, I had to spend five hours proofreading a book for my wife, so I was unable to write a blog post. What follows is the post that she wrote for me. (I'm not kidding.) Today Russell Martin was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates have notoriously not been a good baseball team for about 20 years. Martin might make them a better baseball team, but no one really knows. From living with an internet baseball pundit, I have learned that you can't really know anything in baseball, despite all the fancy stats you baseball nerds are so obsessed with: WAR, fWAR, VORP, PECOTA, YOMAMA, to name a few. Therefore, I am the perfect person to write about this transaction. I do not know what position Russell Martin plays, but based on his name, I'm guessing catcher. I also don't know what team he came from, but I have just been informed that he came from the Yankees. I am gathering that the significance of this news is that the Pirates -- a small-market, poor-relations team -- outbid the big, bad, uber-rich New York Yankees. The question becomes: is this a sign of the Pirates making a run and becoming a win-now team? Or is this an example of a team overpaying for a player who is either past his peak or had some fluke 2012 season that no one smart can expect him to repeat in 2013? Have the Pirates embarked on a misguided attempt to out Moneyball the Monyeballers? Again, prediction is a fool's errand, so we'll just have to see and blog about it again later. She's kinda got us figured, doesn't she?
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