The last time I dumped on Jonah Keri, the post only generated one comment (albeit a very good one), so I'm not sure if he's not a good target for this blog because he's usually not too shitty or if no one is/was reading the blog (or both). But I'm about to do it again because this article is truly worthless. It is a spectacular demonstration of unilluminating analysis. It parrots a bunch of the stupidest "how to build a team" cliches in sports. It should not exist, and you will feel dumber for having read the parts of it I copy and paste here. The topic: What did we learn from the 2013 MLB season?
1. Winning the Hot Stove championship guarantees nothing.
This is so dumb as to not warrant a sarcastic response.
Every winter, teams scramble to make trades and splashy free-agent signings. When it's all over, we media know-it-alls tally everything up, then declare with breathtaking confidence who won and who lost. The problem is, we're doing it wrong. Signing the highest-priced free agent is great, but it might not get you far if you neglect other roster weaknesses to get there.
The 2013 Angels were a perfect example of this phenomenon.
Francisco Liriano. Russell Martin. Bartolo Colon. James Loney. Koji Uehara. Marlon Byrd.
Colon and Uehara were freaks, pitching abnormally well given their age (Colon 40, Uehara 38). But Martin, Liriano, and Loney in particular fit the profile well: players who'd performed well earlier in their careers who were still in their twenties and thus still had decent potential for bounce-back seasons.