One cubicle to the left, you have The Counselor's golfclap following DiPoto's putt that hit the "Stabilization" cup dead center. Dr. D golfclaps the Counselor's golfclap:
James was the first to point out, "Most of a player's value is in being average."
The Mariners had 25 (!!) different players combine for -9.1 WAR last year. -5.2 hitting and -3.9 pitching. Replace those 25 guys with 'worthless' 0.0 players and the M's go from 76 wins to 85 wins without doing anything else.
Dr. D has been moaning and groaning about the "Look Ma, I'm General Managing" nature of DiPoto's statements. Especially aghast is Dr. D at the idea of Roenis Elias as a 'bit part' throwin, but this was confirmed by none other than Beane Jr. his ownself.
The moaning and groaning aside, this strategy of "raise the floor around the Stars" is extremely sound. Not only is there 9+ WAR to be had, just by phasing out the Beimels and Weekses, but that is the EASIEST way to improve a team. The fruit hangs low when all you seek is a +0.5 WAR player.
Also, as Mojician has reminded us, DiPoto is positively twitching to swap out his #18-25 roster slots a second and a third time through, if they dare to fail him his vision.
A cheery thought indeed that Anthony Bass need only be an 0.0 WAR reliever and that Nori Aoki need only be an 0.0 WAR replacement for Ackley, Weeks and Bloomquist's combined -2.0 WAR. But supposing that DiPoto's choices actually waka-waka-chomp the Power Pill and go chasing the little scared ghosts of the AL West? Hey, we ain't saying it can't work.