How did they do it? What were the changes?
How does a team 'unload' most of it's talent and not really seem to acquire much more, yet, come out on top as it seems the Red Sox have done.
The 1991 Minnesota Twins went from 'worst to first'...as did the Atlanta Braves that year.
The 2012 Red Sox had:
Carl Crawford ($102.5M over the next 5 yrs)
Adrian Gonzalez ($127M over the next 6 yrs, Red Sox pay $3.9M/yr thru '15)
It was just announced yesterday that the Chicago White Sox signed Jose Abreu to a 6 year $68 million dollar deal.
Letís not get our undies in a bunch over the Chicago White Sox signing of Adam Dunn Part II. First a little on our Midwest American League Central neighbors.
Lest we forget, this is the same White Sox management that signed Adam Dunn to a 4yr/$56M deal.
Adam Dunn. Jose Abreu.
Updated 10-19-2013 at 10:17 AM by twinsfan34
Not that I thought his 40-man roster spot was ever in doubt.
But he's the best performing Twin so far in the ARZ Fall League, which started on Oct 8.
Here's a story on Kepler and his performance in his last game.
Here's the Twins stats - they're on the Glendale Desert Dogs.
Updated 10-17-2013 at 10:55 AM by twinsfan34
It's eery how similar they are statistically.
If you go by the numbers alone - you would say that Tanaka would command almost an identical buyout and contract. However, as we know, often for doing the 'exact same thing' a player now gets more than the guy who sets the precedent as the first player has to absorb the 'risk' perceptions to his contract. Darvish got 6yr/$60M, $52M to get exclusive negotiating rights.
And I also have the league
After seeing the David Price post fly around concerning trading a lot of Prospects for him - which made me quiver and get the sweats to even entertain such a thought when the names of Buxton/Sano and 3-4 other prospects were thrown around so lightly.
Then other posts still say, "Free Agency" the Twins need to spend to 'be competitive' or to 'be a winner' they need to spend.
Well, how did the most successful teams of 2013 make it to the playoffs?
Updated 10-08-2013 at 12:55 AM by twinsfan34