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We are just one day removed from the commencement of the 2013 Major League Baseball season opener, and with it there’s a lot of questions to be answered.
Some big movements have already transpired just days before the first pitch is due to be thrown out–the mammoth contracts given to Verlander and Buster Posey, Baseball’s move to sue the Miami biogenesis clinic which allegedly was peddling ban substances to players. And then there’s the moves on paper that have turned middle of the run teams into potential World Series contenders, like the Blue Jays, who’ve for long laid dormant in the AL East while Yankees and Red Sox reign supreme. And then there’s the revived Los Angeles Dodgers, who’ve cleared the smoke from the McCourt drama to finally bounce back and spend top dollar on every player they can get hold of.
But with so many teams doing so much before the season makes it’s triumphant return, lets hone in on some of the most pressing matters hanging over the league, and ultimately decide right here and now who will win in October.
Winning on Paper:
Josh Hamilton to the Angels, Jose Reyes to Blue Jays, the Cabrera-Fielder tandem in Detroit, the Dodgers becoming the West Coast Yankees. Can a team really win before the season even begins? In the case of last year’s Marlins or the Angels of 2012 who paid a fortune for Pujols, and the Phillies and Red Sox teams of recent, this has of course proven to be anything but the case.
But for every disastrous free agent spending spree back fire there’s still those glimmers of hopes like the 2009 Yankees, who purchased Sabathia, Teixeira, Burnett and Nick Swisher and went out and ran the table. Will any team this year remind us, that spending money on the best really can pay off fast?
The LA Dodgers spent $215 million to give their team an extreme makeover, luxury tax penalty be damned, will the investment pay off?
Just like politics, the link to MLB teams and spending money is a bond which will not be broken anytime soon. Teams doling out mega contracts where they see fit is a trend that even the likes of Arod cannot stop. The Detroit Tiger’s didn’t hesistate in give a 30 year old Justin Verlander a 7 year $180 deal, despite knowing the back end of such contracts always aren’t worth it. So then why do it?
The winning on paper philosophy is just as much mental as it is physical with on the field performance, the expectations to win now become magnified and when a team invests on its players instead of pocketing the profits, it does the league as a whole good and thus the sport.
So who is the winning on paper contenders, let’s give a round of applause to the LA Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Anaheim Angels and Detroit Tigers.
The AL East Has Fallen:
The Yankees and the Boston Red Sox have had a strangle hold on the American League as a whole for almost a decade, but their time has ended.
The Yankees haven’t exactly flatlined, but with their age catching up to them and not to mention they have almost $100 million worth of payroll on the DL currently, so their chances of being World Series darlings have become quite bleak.
As for the Red Sox, last year they did the right thing by cutting off all that bloated and dysfunctional payroll to the Dodgers and committing to starting over.
So with the AL East’s two biggest power houses laying wounded this year, will this be the Baltimore Orioles coming out party, after last year’s surprise efforts which kept them neck and neck with the Yankees for the division. Or will the Blue Jays click right away and instantly grab hold of things? But then there’s always the mysterious and hard fighting Tampa Bay Rays, who never say die and always have a run in them just as they’ve been counted out.
The prospect of the Yankees being expected not to win more than 90 games really does leave the door wide open for any dark horse team to make a run. If recent history has been any indication, the hottest team down the stretch will hoist the trophy. Plus, with the move to the 1 game wild card round, never has parity meant so much.
As the 2013 Baseball season dawns it is clear that the league has really become anyone’s for the taking, no need to blame obese payrolls or call the league one of have’s and have not’s when teams like the Oakland A’s, Oriole’s and Texas Rangers have been in the thick of things come fall.
Will the defending champion San Francisco Giants become a dynasty and win their 3rd title in 3 years? What will the Astros move to the American League do to help the struggling franchise? Will RA Dickey’s move to the AL East see him become a one season wonder as he duels off against a different breed of batters?
Time for predictions:
MVP: Robinson Cano
CY Young: Justin Verlander
Manager: Ron Washington
MVP: Bryce Harper
CY Young: Stephen Strasburg
Manager: Bruce Bochy
World Series Contenders:
Nationals vs Tigers
Nationals hoist the trophy
BEST OF MAXIM
After an offseason that turned out to be more than Detroit Tigers fans bargained for, Opening Day is finally upon us. 162 games are staring us all straight in the face. These games will be filled with heroics, disappointment, injury, questionable umpiring, and all that comes with a great baseball season.
But here on Day 1, this is what you need to know:
The Detroit Tigers and pitcher Justin Verlander have agreed to a seven-year $180 million deal. The vesting option for an eight year could bring the total to $220 million according to the Detroit Free Press.
Verlander had two years and $40 million remaining on his current deal.
“Justin is one of the premier pitchers in baseball, and we are thrilled to keep him in a Tigers uniform...
The Tigers and Giants each made a significant investment on Friday. Each deal was monumental, and each was necessary.
The Tigers signed Justin Verlander to a five-year contract extension that will take him through the 2019 season. The right-hander reportedly will earn $180 million over the next seven seasons, and a $22 million vesting option for the 2020 season could bring the total...
Justin Verlander will be a part of the Detroit Tigers’ pitching staff through at least the 2019 season. That much is certain after Verlander signed a five-year extension, with an option for a sixth season, that could keep Verlander in the Motor City through 2020.
The deal reportedly is worth $140 million over those five extra years; the vesting-option year carries an additional...
Just announced, Justin Verlander has signed a 5 year and 180 million dollar extension with the Detroit Tigers, keeping him in a Detroit uniform until at least 2019. The deal includes a vesting option for 202o which could make the deal worth up to 202 million. The conditions of the vesting option are yet to be announced. This makes Verlander the highest paid pitcher in baseball history...
It was a good Friday, indeed.
Justin Verlander signed a contract extension through 2019 that could vest to include 2020. It will allow him to buy another Aston Martin or two or 20, a small island, his own golf course or a mansion for every member of his family.
Verlander has the richest contract ever given a pitcher and will collect either 180 million or 202 million by the time...
The San Francisco Giants and the 2012 NL MVP, Buster Posey just inked an eight year contract extension worth $167 million contract to continue to orchestrate behind the plate. The Giants gave the highest contract ever to their two-time World Series champ which also included a no-trade clause according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. This contract is the longest in years...
Detroit Tigers ace starting pitcher Justin Verlander signed a five-year extension on Friday that could be worth up to $202 million through 2020.
Verlander’s five year deal is worth $140 million which will keep him in Detroit through 2019. The contract also includes a one-year vesting agreement for 2020 that is worth $22 million.
Combined with the 40 million Verlander is still owed...
Credit: Steven Robles – SF Giants Rumors
The San Francisco Giants have announced that they’ve extended GM Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy‘s contracts through 2016, and have options for 2017. It’s nice to see the team taking care of their GM and manager after winning two World Series in a three year span.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported earlier that the Giants and...
For, lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of the singing of birds is come,
And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.
Once the turtle has had his say he is likely to duck back into his shell, and wait out the cold Minnesota winds there. But winter weather or not, it is still Opening Day, which should warm the hearts...
Tweet Shortly after news broke that Justin Verlander received the biggest contract ever for a pitcher, it has been revealed that San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey would be setting the standard for MVP-caliber catchers: Posey gets nine years, $167 million, starting in 2013. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 29, 2013 Buster’s deal includes a [...]
Batter up? More like bundle up.
The Detroit Tigers open the season on Monday in frosty Minnesota, where forecasts call for temperature in the low 30s at game time at outdoor Target Field. The wind chill is expected to be around 20 degrees. So the Tigers will need all the heat they can get from Justin Verlander's 100 mph fastballs.
''It's going to be cold but I&...
Opening day across baseball will feature star pitchers Stephen Strasburg and Justin Verlander trying to get off to great starts, old rivalries at Yankee Stadium and Dodger Stadium and the beginning of a quirky interleague schedule.
A dozen games are set for Monday. No snow is in the forecast for any ballpark on April Fools' Day, but freezing temperatures are expected at Target...
How many strikeouts will Stephen Strasburg record in the Washington Nationals opener vs. the Miami Marlins?
Will he K more than the newest, richest pitcher in the world -- Justin Verlander? The Tigers ace, who takes the hill 4:10 p.m. ET in Minnesota to face the Twins later today, agreed to a $180 million, seven year contract on Friday .
Strasburg and the Nats host the Marlins...
There are some players who become premium draft targets despite statistical shortcomings (Buster Posey) or injury concerns (Troy Tulowitzki) solely because of how they compare to the available talent at their respective positions. Robinson Cano has no such flaws, producing annual stat lines that rival the game’s best overall players, and the fact that he plays at a position with...