Re: Writing on the Wall
posted at 12/14/2012 5:51 AM EST
In response to hill55's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
The last candle of hope has flickered out
Seattle fans are upset that the Mariners have not spent money while Boston fans are upset that the Red Sox have not spent their money wisely. It just shows that fans of last-place teams can have high hopes and aspirations.
There are no easy solutions, even for big-budget teams such as the Dodgers, Angels and Yankees. When the Angels signed Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson on December 8 last year, many anointed the Halos the favorites ti win the 2012 World Series.
As I've written before, after the blockbuster trade in August the Red Sox had more money and less talent. With inflation fueled by new television revenues, the collective contracts of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett might not look so bad in a year or two.
Every baseball season brings new surprises ... perhaps our teams will surprise in 2013.
I'm not as discouraged as many of those on this site are with the Sox chances to compete next year. To me the key is Lester's return to form and with Farrel back in the fold I'm predicting a CY quality performance.
Looking at the lanscape that is the AL East...I don't see any team being a prohibitive favorite on paper, the most improved team is the Blue Jay's. To date the Yanks haven't done anything of significance to improve thier roster. Nor have the Rays, in fact one could argue they got worse..The Yank's not resigning Russel, Swisher or Soriano then Arod going down and the Rays trading away Shields and Davis two proven vet's. The Orioles will be challenged to repeat last years results but are a legit .500 club...
End of the day the mightly AL East is not the pre-eminent division in the AL any longer, one could argue that the axis has tilted to the west (Angels, A's, Rangers & Tigers). This could be the year that all it will take is 90 wins to come in first and with a greater premium on finishing first should be interesting season of baseball...