Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/20/14
OK, so Trout might be more gifted physically, but Calhoun will turn heads too in 2014.I find it funny that teams think big ticket free agent signings and large payrolls are conducive to success (and yes, I’m aware of the irony that I root for the Red Sox, one of the biggest spenders out there).But as you’ll certainly recall, it was those very free agent signings that sent the Sox spiraling towards 69 wins in 2012, and over the last two years the Los Angeles Angels haven’t done much with one of the game’s largest payrolls.Enter Kole Calhoun, a low profile hustler who grinds out at-bats and does enough of the right things to have a noticeably positive impact for his team. Players like Calhoun don’t usually cash in when they hit free agency, and they don’t usually become franchise cornerstones, but when the season is over you have a hard time imagining their team succeeding quite as much without them.And by the way, that last paragraph can also be read as fantasy team and not just the ...
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