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The New Market Inefficiency

Samson-like facial hair, promoted/tolerated by Billy Beane and on full display with Josh Reddick. I fucking love it. - TL

Mark Ellis: The Dream is Over

Beyond the Box Score has been making a big deal about Mark Ellis all week, and this weekend, Billy Beane reportedly resigned Ellis for a two-year deal reported to be be between $10-$11 million, with an option for a third year that would bring the whole deal to $18 million. I guess this spares everyone another big, stupid post from me on Hudson vs. Furcal vs. Ellis, where I show that they're all worth about the same, given offense, defense, age, position, and recent injuries, and that Ellis will end up being the biggest bargain. (Yes, Orlando Hudson just called his agent to tell him exactly which entrance the dump truck full of money should use). In short, I believe that this shows why Billy Beane is still the best GM in baseball -- he's not just avoiding overpaying, he's underpaying, getting one of the best not-Utley, non-Pedroia 2Bs in baseball, who's been 3.5 -4 wins above average for the past three years, every bit the equal of Orlando Hudson and Rafael Furcal except a year older and in the more difficult league, for the money of a 1.5-2 WAR (or just below average) 2B. And if Ellis has a serious decline, they aren't out that much money because the deal is relatively small (11 million over 2 years is about the market rate for a 1-1.5 WAR player) and incentive laden, they aren't out that much. Then again, we already knew this from, um, other comparative signings that he made, which I will not mention here because we all know about them. Color me envious. Dayton, are you taking notes? No, seriously, stop arguing with Jin Wong about VORP vs. Super Linear Weights and check this out!

Billy Beane gives out $4.25mil to 16 year old

seems like a lot of cash for a kid that young, especially for the A's.

Of course I [Buzz Bissinger] asked for it by saying in Three Nights that sabermetricians don't lo...

Of course I [Buzz Bissinger] asked for it by saying in Three Nights that sabermetricians don't love the game of baseball. That set their hair on fire. So did a theory I posed (I emphasize theory) that young pitchers get hurt because they don't pitch enough in the minors. It was four paragraphs in a 7,000-word piece about Kerry Wood for Play, and Wood himself agreed with the theory. What they really hated was that one of my sources was Tony La Russa, whose performance over the past four years, including this one, makes Billy Beane look like a Little League GM." So much to love about this -- the Beane-LaRussa comparison, the notion that he was unfairly attacked, and more. My favorite is that Mr. Journalistic Responsibility neglects to mention that the "attacks" on Three Nights in August showed that he didn't even bother to do a basic Google search or consult the easily-accessible information that could have established the historical point about innings in the minor leagues once and for all. You see, Buzz, one of the requirements for something called a "theory" (as you so cleverly try to qualify it) is that it can be confirmed or disconfirmed. As I've said before, I suppose he didn't have any money left for an expensive phone call or email to Stats, Inc. or wherever after picking up LaRussa's bar tab for a night or two.

http://deadspin.com/5020265/our-conversation-with-buzz-bissinger
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