Welcome to the new business paradigm of Major League Baseball ownership, which was proudly on full display at the 2013 trade deadline.
The rules of that road are simple and easy to understand-- if everything is going extremely well off the field, you really don't have to do much of anything about what's happening on the field. Whether you're winning or losing or standing still. Just be safe, do nothing, and continue to deposit the unending reams of cash coming in.
No team embodied that more at the July 31st trade deadline than the San Francisco Giants (although the Philadelphia Phillies finished a close second). What it comes down to is this: business is great so why rock a boat that's full of happy, paying customers.
And throughout the clinically-challenged world of sport talk radio, and the endlessly sappy blogosphere, San Francisco fans joyously celebrated as team ownership wisely kept its 47-59, last place, 10 games out of 1st place, MLB 6th worse run differential (-...