Who won the offseason? Well, two teams did with one close runner up. The Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Angels have picked
With Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson, the Marlins are a for sure thing and with Albert Pujols, C.J Wilson, Jered Weaver and Torii Hunter, the Angels have the same fate, right? Well, maybe. But don’t be too sure. Let’s think about this.
In 2011, the Red Sox took that approach – as well as the New York Yankees, the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs all put players in their prime from a bunch of different teams and put them all in the same uniform. Only half made the playoffs, and only one won a world series.
And, giving players big contracts may encourage them to do well, right? Well, they may feel like they can kick back, relax and not worry about it. Which is good. But that leads to overconfidence in yourself, which makes you worse, and eventually pretty darn bad. (Take Jayson Werth).
So, look, don’t go thinking they aren’t going to be a contender for a while, because they will – it’s just that history may have written the path they might take, which is the one of so many before them.