The A’s and Brewers Define Replacement Level by Dave Cameron June 17, 2014 Occasionally, writers or commentators who are not fans of WAR will talk about how the concept of a replacement level player is a fabrication, a subjective threshold determined in some arbitrary reality. It’s not a real baseline, they argue, and thus corrupts the entire model. Well, helpfully, the A’s and Brewers have just completed a transaction that defines replacement level spectacularly well. #Athletics acquired Mills from #Brewers for $1. Expected to move into rotation shortly. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 17, 2014 A dollar. The A’s cost to acquire Mills from the Brewers was the same as a gas station cup of coffee. While Mills wasn’t in their organization, he still served as a source of organizational depth because there was basically no frictional costs in obtaining his rights. This is the thing about replacement level players; they are so plentiful that you don’t even have to have one in order to have access to its utility. When you need one, you can go get them, and for little or no cost. By the way, in his Major League career, Brad Mills has thrown 53 innings. His career WAR? 0.0. I guess the definition of replacement level isn’t so theoretical after all.