"Moneyball" wasn't a failure; in fact it worked too well

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The other day, ESPN’s Howard Bryant wrote an article calling the A’s “Moneyball” strategies a failure as a result of the A’s, um, recent failures.

Yesterday, Ilya Somin at The Volokh Conspiracy discredited the discrediting, arguing that, if anything, Moneyball worked too well for
the A’s, and that the “Moneyball” approach to things (i.e. seek out
market inefficiencies and exploit them) are still viable. She uses law
school faculty recruitment and law school U.S. News ratings to make her
case.

Hardcore sabermetic types will find this an old story, but it’s an
interesting read if you’re at all into the whole Moneyball thing or if
you give a hoot about law school stuff and/or economics.

(thanks to reader Bob Tufts for the heads up)

Marlins sign Cameron Maybin

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Tim Healey of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Marlins have signed free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin.

Maybin spent the 2017 season with the Angels and Astros, putting up a line of .228/.318/.365 in 450 plate appearances and appearing at least briefly in the World Series for Houston. That’s not the greatest batting line in the world, but he stole 33 bases in 114 games, so he has his value. Maybe more to fantasy players than a real baseball team, but the fact remains that if you don’t have three guys in the outfield, you’re gonna give up a lot of triples. Maybin will definitely be one of the guys in the outfield, at least part of the time.

This will be Maybin’s second tour of duty with the Marlins, having first come to them in 2007 in the famous — infamous, if you’re a Marlins fan — Miguel Cabrera trade. Maybin spent three seasons with the Marlins in that go-around.