A team can build to a championship in many different ways. First, teams such as the Yankees can spend their way to the top. They can buy free agents off the market and plug in holes as needed. These teams can trade recently drafted players and younger minor leaguers with potential for higher priced veterans. There are other teams, such as the Pirates or Rays that do not have the financial support and need to be prudent with their signings and need to spend more on their scouting departments. These teams need to develop homegrown talents and keep them under contract as long as possible. One team that is between the two is the Washington Nationals. Continue reading
Imagine the New York Yankees with a payroll of $130 million. The last time that happened was 2002. Imagine the White Sox with a payroll of $81.3 million. That happened last in 2005. The Red Sox had a payroll around $100 million in 2003. The Cardinals have not had a payroll of $70 million since 2000. Why am I playing the role of “The Ghost of Payroll’s Past”? It recently became public knowledge that the New York Mets ownership is planning a payroll of $91 million for the 2012 Mets. That is why. Continue reading
This week, Russ and Eugene discuss various fantasy baseball issues…the #1 pick, positional rankings, and decline in pitchers.
The Philadelphia Phillies continue to make a splash this off season, this time locking up Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon. Papelbon will replace Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge in the Phillies bullpen.