Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, July 28, 2021 -- "Deadline Potpourri"

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"It’s literally Jerry Dipoto’s job to look past ERAs and save counts and evaluate players based on how well they will help the Mariners win. (We know players don’t do this because we’ve seen their All-Star voting for two decades now.) Any reasonable evaluation of these three pitchers sees them as broadly similar over a two-month period. The Mariners, lousy with pop-up righties pitching well, could afford to move the most attractive of them -- the one with the most saves -- for Toro."