"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)

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.