Thursday, December 08, 2011
You didn't see the Angels opening up their pocketbooks, did you, or at least to this degree? I obviously did not.
How big of an impact does Albert Pujols signing with the Angels have on their chances of winning their division? I think the Rangers are still the favorites but C.J. Wilson is no longer with the Rangers but is now with the Angels. The Angels have the #s 3, 4 & 5 wins above replacement pitchers from last year. Both of these teams have new TV deals and have money to spend. I think it's good for baseball overall.
One so-called expert said he feels that now the AL West is stronger than the AL East. Do you agree with that? In a word, no. The Rangers, though in a close battle, without CJ Wilson are arguably the 4th best team behind the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays. The Angels, though much improved now, are not as good as those four teams.
Does Artie Moreno deciding to spend all this money have anything to do with the fact that the Dodgers will soon have new ownership and be stable again? It's hard to believe it doesn't have something to do with it. I get the feeling that he's used to winning at everything and is tired of the Angels finishes since he bought the team.
How do you feel about Pujols' decision seemingly being based entirely on money? It seems that's the case, since he's leaving the defending champs and it could be argued even after this deal the Cardinals are better than the Angels.
What does this mean for the Cardinals next season? If they don't go after Prince Fielder and if Prince signs outside the division, that becomes one of the weakest divisions in baseball, though I suppose that means it's still winnable by the Cardinals.
Did the Cardinals do enough to be blameless in losing Pujols?
The Miami Marlins have a new stadium and money to spend, and went out and got Jose Reyes, Heath Bell and Mark Buehrle. What do you think about their chances in the NL East next year and whether anyone in South Beach will give a damn? Apparently Hanley Ramirez wants nothing to do with playing 3rd. So that's a big thing that's up in the air with that team. They have a lot of good young players and were competitive last year but they're in the same division with the Phillies and the Braves. I don't see this being a baseball market ever, new stadium or not. The fans didn't come out when they were winning and the stadium wasn't a good enough excuse for me.
It does seem odd having all this money flying around and the Yanks and Sox not involved, huh? It's not a free agent market full of big names but what else do you see happening during this off season. Prince Fielder is still out there.