Re: Chad Finn is guarded optimistic
posted at 1/6/2013 11:56 AM EST
In response to SpacemanEephus' comment:
In response to snakeoil123's comment:
In response to Softlaw1's comment:
Shane Victorino, Stephen Drew, Ryan Dempster, David Ross, Joel Hanrahan, Koji Uehara, and eventually Mike Napoli, at the very least they've acquired proven competence.
No, proven competence isn't 4 years and nearly a billion spent on labor, with zero playoff wins to show for it.
It says they have "acquired proven competence" It is about this off season not about the past.
You have a a very difficult time following the written word.
Regardless I agree that they have acquired "competent" players but in the AL East I do not think competence will be enough.
You could be right Snake. But, the Al East might not be as beastly as we imagine. The Rays will almost surely play to their absolute potential, but their roster is not as strong as last year. The Yankees, while never to be slept on, are a bit creeky. The Jays made their statement for sure. But the statement is 75% of the same statement the Marlins made last year. And the Orioles, well, what can I say, they are gonna be tough, but if you tell me they are going to repeat or improve on 2012, I'll take that bet. All clubs are very solid, so the division is tough. But I don't think there are real juggernauts here, unless you count the paper-champ-vegas-sweetheart Jays. Its gonna be a dog fight.
I agree, kind of. I don't think the ALE is beastly in terms of 95-win teams, but it could have 5 teams with 80+ wins.
- NYY-95 Py wins-lost Martin, Swisher, Chavez, and a slight downgrade from ARod to Youk.
- BA-82 Py wins-lost Reynolds
- TB-95 Py wins-Lost Upton and Shields
It's almost impossible to judge TO and RS with all the changes, but on an individual basis, none of these teams should have an under/over higher than 91.