Originally posted 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?
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Enrique Hernandez ties record with three home runs in Game 5

Marshawn Lynch ejected for shoving referee

Aaron Rodgers undergoes surgery to repair broken collarbone

Groundbreaking for Raiders' new Las Vegas stadium set for next month

Redskins' Jay Gruden throws tremendous praise Carson Wentz's way

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as manager

Former Cowboys exec: Dak Prescott won't ever be as good as Carson Wentz

Jameis Winston will be full participant in Friday's practice

Tennessee grocery store calls for Butch Jones' firing with amazing cake

Giants owner: McAdoo was not pressured to give up play-calling

Report: Red Sox to name Alex Cora manager after ALCS

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with newbies Rutta and Forsling

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

Nikola Jokic: A throwback superstar for the modern era

25 questions heading into the 2017-18 NBA season

The 'Sure do hope you have a backup plan in place' quiz

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with Rutta and Forsling

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

25 questions heading into the 2017-18 NBA season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker