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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Miklasz: Big signings no guarantee of success

As we get ready for the latest round of free-agent lunacy, here’s my question: which owner(s) will lose all self control and wildly overpay?

Led by Hamilton and Greinke, the free-agent class also includes Hunter, B.J. Upton, Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher; Adam LaRoche, Kyle Lohse and Rafael Soriano.

With franchises signing more of their own players to generous contract extensions to prevent them from entering the open market, the supply of free agents is limited. Accordingly, this is a relatively weak group, and the red-flag warnings are popping up everywhere.

That doesn’t matter. The recent history of embarrassing flops by big payroll teams will be ignored. There’s another Moreno out there, lurking with checkbook in hand, waiting to delight grateful and awestruck free agents by becoming baseball’s Secret Santa.

The industry is changing, and the intelligent teams understand this. These owners and GMs don’t care about winning the offseason. They’re focused on building a more cost-efficient future through the draft and player development and will largely avoid this costly excursion through baseball’s winter wonderland.

Thanks to Butch.

Repoz Posted: November 13, 2012 at 09:35 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM (#4301373)
I tend to agree, but I look forward to Bernie's column in June that Cards ownership was too cheap to acquire a big name for the Cardinals.

By the way, I finally got around to watching "Moneyball" last night and I found it pretty crummy.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: November 13, 2012 at 03:59 PM (#4301640)
Because the Angels only won 89 games -- 1 more than the Tigers, 1 more than the Cardinals -- in the first year of Pujols (and Wilson), the Angels and their spending spree are a flop?

You see a lot of this attitude around here too. You don't sign a guy to a 10-year contract with only the hope of winning in year 1. The Pujols and Wilson contracts may end up being mistakes, ranging from monumental to simple overpays, but you can't judge that yet. And while neither performed at the levels the Angels were hoping for, both had good seasons and weren't the reason the Angels missed the playoffs. That rests mainly with the pitching staff where Haren and Santana spit the bit.

Hmmm ... the Angels led the AL with a 116 OPS+.

And I can only assume the Cards are quite pleased with how the Matt Holliday contract has worked out.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 13, 2012 at 04:17 PM (#4301658)

And I can only assume the Cards are quite pleased with how the Matt Holliday contract has worked out.

Not the fans that want to see him benched in favor of Adron Chambers.

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