The movie sets forth an interesting philosophical argument about where real value exists and where flighty trends might be distracting decision makers. The premise of the movie is simple: in an environment of budget constraints, the question is not about how to replace expensive players but how to lower the price per win. If we are asking how we lower the price per win–a question relevant outside the business of sport–we would have to start delving into how wins are made. The thesis put forth in the film was that the primary offensive value of a player–the best leading indicator of success–is his on-base percentage (OBP). Getting on on base by whatever means leads to runs and generating more runs than the competition wins games. Looking at a player's salary demand and OBP allowed for an economic evaluation of the cost of getting on base (the cost of getting on base as the primary input cost for a win). While Lewis later admitted that this strategy does not make up for a gap in defensive skills, and the playoffs operate on greater platform of luck, it did prove itself out as an algorithm, until of course its competitive advantage was erased by its adoption by more teams.