Right player, right price.
Timing is everything. Over-spending on players is as foolish as under-spending. For years, the king would spend little and when he did...would spend foolishly. I'm all for being frugal but I'd like to see a competitive team. I think DD is starting to build that...even while shopping in the independent league and other bargain bins.
many people are confused by the impact a team payroll has on your chances to win a WS title.
a team of big name, high $$$ players will almost always get you into the playoffs. after that, it's which team plays better that game/series.
payroll doesn't buy championships. it buys an increased opportunity to join the select few who compete for those championships.
ask St Louis about the perks of getting your foot in the post season door the last 2 seasons. they were arguably the weakest NL playoff team both seasons.
Also, the AL West had two 90+ win teams and an 89 win team, while the AL East had the same number of 90+ win teams in 2012 as the previous year.
Despite all of that, they made it to the WS lost to the biggest cheater team of 2012.
.313 avg, .412 OBP, 30 hr, 108 rbi, 85 bb, 84 k
.221 avg, .335 OBP, 23 hr, 69 rbi, 73 bb, 159 k
Reynolds played in 27 less games. But I don't see how a team can be better with a guy that hit much less, got on base much less and struck out a lot more.
Team success is determined by how well a team pitches, hits and fields when the game is on the line. Timely hits from the likes of Andino and Teagarden can win games in spite of their being anemic hitters overall while stat padding hits from the "superstars" when the game is not on the line mean nothing in terms of wins and losses.
Angelos is smart to not chase those premium priced free agents - they cost too much and contribute too little.
yep, those premium FAs don't do anything for a team. just look at the O's of the past 15 years. they stayed with low salaried players and hovered near or at the bottom of the division. meanwhile, the the stupid yankees and red sox brought in great players at high prices. and what do they have to show for it. nothing but annual trips to the playoffs and a bunch of WS rings.
what a waste of money
Every team signs players according to its means and needs.
The O's have decided they aren't a means team (which I don't believe), so they have to make bargain moves and rely on luck.
Detroit has been making its own luck since 2005.
btw, I don't advocate in full building through FA - but I do think that you need to be a player some of the time for needs, and not always go the cheap route if you want to maintain your competitiveness.
See StL for a good example.
Of the 3 big spenders, Boston just gave away most of their premium free agents for next to nothing. New York is desparately trying to shed payroll and get younger and Philadelphia is stuck with a couple very high priced pitchers on a team that is no longer competitive for the playoffs.
It appears that teams are starting to wake up to the obvious fact that a premium long term contract demotivates rather than motivates the player to excel. It's called human nature.
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