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Well, it's the end of an era for the Yankees and Yankees fans. It will feel strange to not think of us as favorites to win the AL East every season anymore.
Closer...the most overvalued position in baseball
Of course, if your team isn't winning games and putting you in positions to actually get saves, you're not going to get them.
Mike Trout got paid like 87 times less than A-Rod last season, but Mike Trout's clearly the better player. While that's an extreme example, clearly there are better and worse players and there are plenty that are overpaid.
My point was that they're overvalued, and therefore overpaid. So yeah.
Baseball as a sport has changed, no doubt. Spending insane money on closers/relievers is a bad idea, which is why the Yankees didn't resign Rafael Soriano. What you do need to spend on are the starters. We all know that King Felix's contract is not going to be seen out by the Mariners and that he'll be traded. Giving him that massive contract was the only way to keep him in Seattle for any length of time.
For any team, it's best to grow and hold onto your starters. Just look at the track record of big name starters in free agency. It usually doesn't work out.
Cliff Lee was brilliant in half a season with the Phillies, helping them to 93 wins and the 2009 World Series, losing to C.C. Sabathia and the Yankees. He returned to the Phillies in 2011, winning 17 games on a 102 win team, finishing third in Cy Young voting behind Clayton Kershaw and Roy Halladay. He pitched well last year, with lack of run support killing his record. http://www.baseball-reference.com/pl.../leecl02.shtml
In four seasons with the Yankees, C.C. Sabathia has won 19, 21, 19, and 15 games. Pitching in the AL East he has given up less than a HR a game (HR/9) every season, except 2012. He was the best pitcher on the 2009 World Series champion Yankees. http://www.baseball-reference.com/pl...abatc.01.shtml
All three can be considered good free agent (technically trade) pick ups, with Halladay and Sabathia being particularly good.
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- Nationals: 95 - 100 wins
- Braves: 90 - 95 wins
- Phillies: 80 - 85 wins
- Mets: 70 - 75 wins
- Marlins: 60 - 65 wins
- Cincinnati: 90 - 95 wins
- St. Louis: 85 - 90 wins
- Milwaukee: 85 - 90 wins
- Pittsburgh: 70 - 75 wins
- Chicago Cubs: 65 - 70 wins
- San Fransisco: 90 - 95 wins
- Los Angeles 80 - 85 wins
- Arizona: 80 - 85 wins
- San Diego: 75 - 80 wins
- Colorado: 60 - 65 wins
- Baltimore: 90 - 95 wins
- Tampa: 85 - 90 wins
- Toronto: 85 - 90 wins
- New York: 75 - 80 wins
- Boston: 70 - 75 wins
- Detroit: 85 - 90 wins
- Chicago White Sox: 85 - 90 wins
- Cleveland: 75 - 80 wins
- Kansas City: 75 - 80 wins
- Minnesota: 70 - 75 wins
NL Wild Card:
- Oakland: 90 - 95 wins
- Anaheim: 80 - 85 wins
- Texas: 80 - 85 wins
- Seattle: 75 - 80 wins
- Houston: 50 - 55 wins
AL Wild Card:
- St. Louis
Boring, but I see little changing in the NL. The best teams last year either bolstered their lineup, or stood pat. The Dodgers made the splashiest moves, but I hate the composition of their team. I refuse to predict the playoffs for any team starting Josh Beckett, Hanley Ramirez, and Carl Crawford. San Fransisco is worlds better, and kept their entire team together. I'm not sure what to expect from Arizona. They have some solid players, but I'm not sure they have a complete team. I still could see them finishing ahead of LA. In the central, Milwaukee would have had a chance at the playoffs last year, if not for a horrible bullpen. That should be improved this season. Singing Tom Gorzelanny and Mike Gonzalez were good, savvy moves. Both were solid in long relief for the Nationals last year. Not all stars, but definite solutions to a major issue. If Josh Axford returns to form, the Brewers should push St. Louis for one of the wild card spots. In the east, I don't love the Upton brothers, but they should add some power to the Braves lineup. Between B.J, Justin, and Dan Uggla expect the Braves to lead the league in strike outs.
In the American league east I think the Orioles have the best overall lineup in the division, to go with solid starting pitching, and great closers. Toronto is getting all the hype, but I think there pitching is suspect. I like Dickey, and glad he is out of the NL East. I think that Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle though are washed up. Neither looked good in a cavernous, pitchers park last year. I still think they have enough to get a wild card spot. Tampa is suspect on offense, for now. I have a feeling Wil Meyers will be called up in late April, anchor the middle of their lineup, and win AL rookie of the year. With their pitching, that should be enough to earn the other wild card spot. In the central, neither Detroit nor Chicgao improved. Detroit should win the division, Chicago will probably fall just short of the wild card. Oakland will run away with the West. Anaheim is overrated. Trout is good, otherwise I don't like their lineup. Pujols struggled last year, has struggled in spring training, and probably will struggle this year. Maybe he will hit for average, his days hitting for power seem over. Hamilton's power numbers should go down, moving from a bandbox in Arlington, to a pitcher's park in Anaheim. Seattle is mediocre, Houston is terrible. Their new hats are nice though.