Before we get started, earlier today Deadspin informed me that Scott Miller and Danny Knobler were fired by CBS Sportsline. Cue up the Nelson Muntz laugh, especially for Knobler (Miller wasn't THAT bad, although he certainly was bad), but mostly, be angry that Heyman remains employed. Fuck that guy with a blender.
Now for the rest of Keri's groundbreaking opus regarding how baseball teams should be constructed and managed.
3. Having no weaknesses can be just as effective as being loaded with multiple stars.
Which team wins--Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, Rickey Henderson and twenty two high school players? Or 25 above average MLB players? THE ANSWER MAY SURPRISE YOU. Buckle your seatbelts and get ready for some fascinating analysis.
The A's have turned this idea into an art form. Josh Donaldson enjoyed a big breakout season in 2013. Otherwise, this was a team that relied on contributions from a wide array of players, all the way down to the bottom of their lineup, the back of their rotation, relief middlemen, and key guys off the bench.
After two decades of losing seasons, the Pirates finally broke through, rolling all the way to the playoffs.
Lest you think this is only a worthwhile strategy for low-payroll teams, remember the mockery the Red Sox went through when they devoted their offseason energy to acquiring players like Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew, Jonny Gomes, Mike Carp, and Uehara, and the results they got from these complementary players.
4. Keep an eye on the minors.
As productive as in-season trades can be for some aggressive teams, the ideal scenario is to promote from within and have rookies shine.
If you're looking for teams that might outperform expectations next year, scan the high minors of their farm systems for major league–ready talent.
Last Sox reference:
The Jays can't claim the recent success the Nats had in 2012.
I hope they lose 130 games next year.
We'll have to wait a while to see how it all plays out.