Jerry Jones brought up the term of fungible during the opening of the Dallas Cowboys game this past Wednesday. It made me think, should he teach that term to Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels?
Honestly, I had no idea what fungible was myself when I first heard it from Jerry Jones. My first thought was lunchable, mainly because my 9 year old daughter loves them.
I did what everyone else does these days when they don’t know a phrase or word, I Googled it.
According to dictionary.reference.com it means the following:
Being of such nature or kind as to be freely exchangeable or replaceable, in whole or in part, for another of like nature or kind.
To put it in layman’s terms it means to be exchangeable with something of like nature, such as 4 quarters, 20 nickels or 10 dimes for a dollar. The medium that is being exchanged is the same and had the same value. Something that isn’t necessary fungible are players.
This is a lesson that Jon Daniels is learning over and over this season. The Texas Rangers for example have tried over and over to replace Prince Fielder this season. So far they have used 8 different players at first. Clearly a player like J.P. Arencibia isn’t replacement for Prince Fielder that is consider fungible.
But, there have been some upgrades that have worked out for Jon Daniels. So far it seems like Rougned Odor has been a step in the right direction over Jurickson Profar. At this point it seems that Profar will be in the minors next year while leaving Odor at second base on the Texas Rangers 25-man roster.
Jon Daniels never said he could replace one of his disabled players and the team would be better for it. Also, no one would have guess this team would have been bitten so bad by the injury bug. But, if there is one thing for sure now is that Jon Daniels clearly knows what fungible is.