Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

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
  Tags: business, cardinals

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   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.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
The Ghost of Sox Fans Past
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT - NBA 2017-2018 Tip-off Thread
(2021 - 12:15am, Dec 16)
Last: don't ask 57i66135; he wants to hang them all

NewsblogRyan Thibs has his HOF Ballot Tracker Up and Running!
(471 - 12:14am, Dec 16)
Last: Booey

NewsblogOTP 11 December, 2017 - GOP strategist: Moore would have 'date with a baseball bat' if he tried dating teens where I grew up
(2292 - 11:58pm, Dec 15)
Last: Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant

NewsblogCardinals trade for Marcell Ozuna of Marlins
(62 - 11:16pm, Dec 15)
Last: The Duke

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-15-2017
(10 - 10:40pm, Dec 15)
Last: Der-K: downgraded to lurker

NewsblogDerek Jeter Was Once the Captain. But Now He’s the Apprentice. - The New York Times
(96 - 8:57pm, Dec 15)
Last: fra paolo

NewsblogTaking Back the Ballparks - Mariners voting thread
(20 - 8:41pm, Dec 15)
Last: Omineca Greg

NewsblogA's reportedly acquire OF Stephen Piscotty
(6 - 7:13pm, Dec 15)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogOT: Winter Soccer Thread
(361 - 6:41pm, Dec 15)
Last: Biff, highly-regarded young guy

NewsblogWinter Meeting Signings
(29 - 6:37pm, Dec 15)
Last: charityslave is thinking about baseball

Gonfalon CubsLooking to next year
(347 - 5:46pm, Dec 15)
Last: Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington

NewsblogESPN: Bob Costas wins Hall of Fame's Frick Award for broadcasting
(23 - 5:02pm, Dec 15)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogMets agree to two-year deal with Anthony Swarzak
(22 - 4:52pm, Dec 15)
Last: Dog on the sidewalk

NewsblogOT Gaming: October 2015
(717 - 3:52pm, Dec 15)
Last: GGIAS (aka Poster Nutbag)

Sox TherapyA Container of Milk, A Loaf of Bread and a Dude Who Can Hit Home Runs
(30 - 2:39pm, Dec 15)
Last: jmurph

Page rendered in 0.1176 seconds
47 querie(s) executed