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The Math DSATs
2004-12-18 22:47
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Culturally biased for your pleasure ...

Question 1:
Which of the following trades would you be willing to make, where:

x = a player with average major league talent
y = one season with the Dodgers
z = one season with another team

Trade 1: 0.9x + 3y for 1.3x + 5z
Trade 2: 0.5x + 10y for 1.2x + 0.5z
Trade 3: 1.1x + 0.75y for 1.2x + 3z
Trade 4: 0.2x + 18y for Barry Bonds
Trade 5: 0.9x + 5y for x + z
Trade 6: 0.7x + 4y for 0.9x + 9z
Trade 7: x + 4.5y for 1.4x - 2z

If you think you don't have enough information to answer, perhaps you should write to the College Board.

My response: Trades 1 and 2 for sure. Trade 3 - maybe. Trade 4 - grnnnh. Trade 5 - probably. Trade 6 - don't think so. Trade 7 - yes (that's a minor leaguer with potential, in case you were confused).

Something to chew on while the MegaTrade (TM) awaits consummation.

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