Here's what Grant at McCovery Chronicles has to say in an exceptional offseason post. I"m particularly hopeful that the Brian Wilson deal is going to backfire --
Alternative verdict: Probably good for them
The reason teams shouldn't
overpay relievers is because it limits what they can do with payroll in
the future. We haven't seen a limit for the Dodgers yet. So, whatever,
okay, spend a lot of money on a setup man, heathens. You can't deny that
Wilson looked really impressive last year. As long as he isn't
preventing the Dodgers from acquiring anyone else, it will be a solid
move. If it happens.
Just don't think about how Santiago Casilla, Jeremy Affeldt, and Javier Lopez add up to Jacoby Ellsbury, give or take.
Rockies: Traded Dexter Fowler for Jordan Lyles and Brandon Barnes
Good work, Rockies. I'm sure
Barnes + chemistry is better than Dexter Fowler. Because when you start
with an 88-loss team, the first thing you want to do is take a step back
Yankees: Signed Jacoby Ellsbury for a lot of money ($153 million, seven years)
Verdict: Good lord
Not in the division, but it
just happened. Man, I'm glad the Giants weren't in that market, although
Ellsbury will hit a billion homers next year.
I would easily take Pagan for
$32 million over the next three rather than Ellsbury for over $121
million more for the next seven. What a bargain. Ellsbury is a full Zito
over Pagan. A FULL ZITO.
Padres: Traded Luke Gregerson for Seth Smith
Verdict: Probably a net positive for them, and I'll miss the Greg
Lukerson jokes. Lug Grukerson. Group Loogerson. Son Groogerlek. Man, so
Smith is a fine platoon/fourth
outfielder, and the Padres make relievers out of dandelion spores, so
it's a good swap. I'm not sure how much playing time Smith will get,
though, considering Will Venable and Carlos Quentin exist. Unless
there's a trade a-brewin'.
Diamondbacks: Traded Heath Bell for minor leaguer Justin Choate
Verdict: Aw, man
Heath Bell is the best
. He gave the Giants some of their best moments of the season, like this
. The Diamondbacks get more money to spend in the offseason, and the Rays will magically turn Bell into Mariano Rivera.