Wednesday, November 20, 2013
How Important Is Roster Flexibility
Let me make a simplified hypothetical situation to make this as easy as possible. Let's say you have the choice between being the GM of one of these two teams. Everything about these two teams is equal, except you know that Team A has a 6 WAR player and a 0 WAR player and Team B has a pair of 3 WAR players. This is all we know about these two teams, assume everything else is equal (contracts, payroll etc...). Which of these two teams would you rather have and why?
Team A: 6+0
Team B: 3+3
Would you value the flexibility that Team A has given that they have a 0 WAR player that should be pretty easy to replace via free agency or trade? Assume each team was allowed to increase their payroll a little bit by the same amount. Which team would be able to improve quicker?
So what would it be.
Team A because of roster flexibility and the ease to improve.
Team B because of ???
Niether because there is no difference.