Jerry Dipoto's latest fanciful trade moved Fangraphs to protest. Well, at least one of their commenters protested ... that his fantasy LEAGUE had never totalled 43 (?) trades in any calendar year. Fangraphs itself said,
“We had a much more targeted list of players who we felt fit our needs,” explained Dipoto. “Last year, when I first got here, we didn’t want to start trading off, wholesale, players from the minor leagues who we didn’t know and hadn’t had a chance to evaluate. But we knew we had needs (and) we filled those needs with one-year players, like Adam Lind, Dae-Ho Lee, Nori Aoki, Chris Iannetta, Seth Smith on a one-plus-one.
“This year, we took that next step, trying to transition our roster into a more athletic defense-oriented group without giving up all of the offensive goodness. We’re not looking to go out in a fantasy baseball type way and improve a position because Player A is better than Player B, especially if the player we have its what we’re trying to do.”
Whether or not Dipoto is steering the Pequod remains to be seen.
Ah! Let me rephrase that for you. "Now that we figured out who you are, see you all later." The first synonym for churn is "agitate." So, okay.
... the Pequod, I guess, is some whaling ship that tried to capture the Great White Whale. I'm not sure why everybody has to die horribly just because they want a World Series. But Gordon can make sense of it all for us; he's good with plotlines.
The M's swapped their switch-pitcher for Joey Curletta, a "physical monster" with "light-tower power." This trade means that Dipoto thinks enough of Curletta's 2% chance to --- > become Ryan Howard, that he'll make room for him on some roster or other.
Dr. D's basic reaction to forty trades a year? Well, he's got to confess, that's how he played roto. The idea is that you like your chances to outsmart the 14-year-olds the computer matched you against. So the more trades, the more certain you are to come out ahead in the long run.