Thanks for posting the question on my board. To be honest, I am not sure if the Mariners are applying the moneyball scheme. Your analysis is very interesting, and you may be on to something. At the same time, this could just be the playing style that is being employed by Eric Wedge.
It may be that Jack Z has simply been given a budget. The development of young players is not necessarily about moneyball, as a team with a fixed payroll does not have the luxury of bringing in a lot of free agents. Signing Felix may be as much about marketing as it is about baseball strategy. If the Mariners do not retain Felix, the fan base may completely desert this team. As it is, the fans aren't coming to games. Fans need at least one star in order to believe that the team is serious about winning.
If this is about moneyball, it does not necessarily appear to be working as it should. Perhaps this year will be different.
Interesting dialogue. Thanks for the post.
Thanks for beginning a fan, Mark!