The Nationals had the best record in baseball last year. But, how? They finished with 69 wins in 2010. In 2011 they had 80 wins. But this year, they had 98. That’s a 29 game difference in two years.
But down on the farm, the nats were ready. They had future ace Jordan Zimmerman, they had future face of the franchise, Stephen Strasburg, they had everything ready for them. They just needed to develop them. And they have some players in A and AA that are looking pretty good themselves, too, as well as some in AAA for the future of the club, or for bait.
So after two years of misery, the Nats came together, and are favorites to win the NL next year.
The Giants have only taken one big trade in the past, being Melky Cabrera, which didn’t exactly work out. Buster Posey, Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgartner, Brian Wilson and a whole lot more were all homegrown. A lot were traded for as minor leaguers, or non-big ticket free agents.
So does this prove that signing the big-ticket free agents isn’t the way to go?
I think it does. Look at the Marlins. They stunk 2 years ago, they sign a bunch of free agents, they still stink. What does that say about the formula. If they’re going to get anywhere, it’s minor leagues.
2014’s playoff hopes for Boston rest in Pawtucket. The moves they made stunk. I wouldn’t even focus on getting free agents – just be trading for good minor leaguers. If somebody offered 5 top 20 prospects for Jacoby Elisbury, I would take it. If I was taking over the Astros, I wouldn’t be worried about taking free agents – just getting good minor leaguers. By 2015, Houston could have the best record in baseball – they just have to set up for it.
A terrible team can become great in two years – all they have to do is wait. The Nats proved it, and so did the Giants.
I think this past year has proved Old McDonald has the trophy – not Bud Selig.