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It's not a head-scratcher, and you've given me an opening to post a thread I've been meaning to write for a while. It has to do with the #SFGiants in particular and baseball in general. So here goes....
... You wanted sabermetrics? You wanted front offices filled with analysts huddled over computers twisting numbers this way and that? You got 'em, and here's what that means: Free agents who want to be paid on what they've done, as they have for four decades, are running into ...
... a brick wall. Don't get me wrong. I support the players getting what they deserve. But now you have a vast majority of front offices and GMs, including Zaidi -- who have decided they're not going to pay on what players did, but what the numbers say they can do. Zaidi said ...
...exactly that at FanFest. So you've got Adam Jones, who has become the poster child for today's market because he's such a great clubhouse guy and would help any team. (I agree!). But he's 33 and last year was a 0.2-win bWAR player. So you have a GM who says, "Why should I ....
.... pay a guy like that even $5 million a year when I've got a Triple-A guy whom our numbers say can be a 1-1.5-win player for $550,000? So, what about Marwin Gonzalez, Dallas Keuchel, etc? They, and a bunch of other big-name free agents, are Scott Boras clients, and they ...
.... like to wait out the market until teams get desperate. Marwin a perfect fit for the #SFGiants? Absolutely. Everything Zaidi wants. But what's his ask? We don't know. So Zaidi has decided to backfill the roster while waiting out the late market with a team ...
... he can't totally blow up because of this market and the big contract for player who underperformed. If players don't like the way free agency works now, they've got to get a better deal in the next CBA. But now, teams -- including #SFGiants -- are getting roasted for ...
... staying out of the market based on the precise kind of information fans begged them to use to build their teams, after ripping them for just throwing money at older guys who end up playing -- oddly enough -- like older guys.

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