The Miller pick also gets the "scoffed at" tag. His ceiling comp at the time was Craig Counsell.
At BJOL yesterday:
Isn't it hilarious, watching James throw off names like Klimchock and Mathews like a mechanic would throw off the spark plug gaps for a 1956 Chevy? He does the same thing live.
Back on point, here again, you have the Meta Concept. You have the idea that a lousy Roto owner with $360 can beat a great one with $260. A lousy chess player can beat the world champion, if he's got two more pieces to play with.
But what number would you put on Zduriencik's farm system now, compared to the one we had 10-12 years ago? $460 vs. $80? Which is why we say that it might not even matter what Zduriencik's other skills are. If you have $460 to spend, what do I care whether you pay $40 vs $45 for Nelson Cruz.
It's dimes against dollars. If the Mariners are going to keep producing Roenis Eliases and Kyle Seagers, every other question about their competence is academic. At least if your two points of reference are (1) Mariners 2014 and (2) Mariners 2005.
Going into 2015, the Mariners are (by many accounts) the AL's best team on paper. Here is their E=MC2 factor at a glance:
|Lineup Slot||Position||How Obtained||Remark|
|1||CF||Nick Franklin||#27 overall (scoffed at)|
|2||RF||Brandon Maurer||late-round draftpick, Bavasi era|
|5||3B||(Kyle Seager)||3rd-round pick, Jay-Z 2009|
|6||1B||Carter Capps||3rd-round pick, Jay-Z 2011|
|7||LF||(Dustin Ackley)||#2 overall (applauded)|
|8||C||(Mike Zunino)||#3 overall ("well, ok")|
|9a||SS||(Chris Taylor)||5th-round pick, Jay-Z 2012|
|9b||SS||(Brad Miller)||2nd-round pick , Jay-Z 2011 -- scoffed at|
|1||SP||(Felix)||Int'l sign, Gillick era|
|2||SP||(WBC-san)||Free agent snag for $1.5M, Jay-Z|
|3||SP||(K-Pax)||4th-round slide, 1st-round $$|
|4||SP||(Roenis Elias)||Int'l sign, Jay-Z|
Mid-round pick, way back when
|6||SP||(Taijuan)||1st-round pick, scoffed at|
|RHP 1||Ichiro, age 50||Trade acquisition from Yankee$|
|LHP 1||Doug Fister||Bavasi player|
Each player highlighted in red is an interesting story, except perhaps Dustin Ackley. For example, there were 29 other teams that could have gone for Hisashi Iwakuma, and did not. There were 29 other teams that could have looked past James Paxton's year off; Jack Zduriencik was the one who cared about talent more than he did the asterisks. The Mariners could have taken a lot of scrubs back, before they selected Danny Farquhar.
Per the Sandy-Raleigh recipe, the M's have filled their roster with the inside straights -- and then they went out and got three big stars with their free agent money.
That list makes Jack Zduriencik, at a 30,000-foot altitude, look a whale of a lot better than he did from the forest floor. Not that he looked bad there, either.