"For the game's health as a whole, when we're talking about $30 million players, I think it's asinine. We have gotten to the point of no return. Something has to happen. And if it means the game being shut down for the sake of bringing sanity to it, to franchises that aren't going to stop the insanity, I'm all for it."
Chicago White Sox general manager Ken Williams on the financial state of Major League Baseball.
A year ago, following a devastating final-weekend collapse that kept them out of the 2009 playoffs, the Tigers built their offseason around one major trade — sending beloved center fielder Curtis Granderson to the Bronx in a three-way deal that netted four young players.
Just a little longer. That’s the mantra this season in Kansas City, where GM Dayton Moore and his staff have built what is viewed by many as the game’s best farm system. It’s easy to be skeptical. The plea for patience is the one constant, along with losing, over the last generation. But indications everywhere suggest this time might be different.
Some good news: The Indians aren’t likely to finish in fourth place once again. The bad news: This team appears headed for last place in the AL Central — one spot below the seemingly always-rebuilding Royals.
The Orioles never got out of the gate last season, starting out 2–16 and going through three managers. They’ve suffered 13 straight losing seasons, and attendance continues to fall at Camden Yards. However, optimism arrived along with Buck Showalter, who led the team to a 34–23 finish. He brought instant credibility and an injection of energy.
There are two major fantasy baseball leagues inside the walls of Athlon Sports. There is a long-running, big boy league with minor league systems, permanent keepers, traded draft picks, compensatory rounds and free agency walk years. The winter meetings for that league will not take place until next Thursday.
If the goal of the offseason is to make bold moves that attract attention, the Nationals certainly succeeded. They grabbed headlines around the baseball world by signing former Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth to a seven-year, $126 million contract.