The Big Trade that the Dodgers pulled off Aug. 26 loaded that team with hot shot players Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford and $260 million in additional salary.
It was designed to propel the Dodgers to win the National League West and, ultimately, the World Series. “We want to win now,” said Dodger co-owner Magic Johnson.
But since that Saturday in August the Dodgers have played worse, winning 10 of 26 games for a .384 winning percentage. That compares to the club’s pre-trade .543 winning percentage.
...What does this all mean?
That sometimes, just sometimes, money doesn’t buy wins. And that is music to the ears of anyone who likes to think that their club is not out of the playoff race just because the player payroll is not in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
In fact this season a number of baseball’s big spending teams were disappointments, including the Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins and New York Mets.
Still more examples show that the Baseball Gods sometimes smile on low-budget teams. The Oakland A’s, the game’s notorious penny-pinchers, are close to getting a postseason spot. They might just beat out the free-spending Angels.
Posted: September 24, 2012 at 03:56 PM | 33 comment(s)
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