This is a few days old, but I can’t sleep and meant to post it before. Jayson Stark has an interesting article about competitive balance in baseball here. The focus is on the Santana trade and the money he got from Mets. The part of it I like the best:
We’ve heard people in baseball say over and over this winter that the Twins could afford Johan Santana. Could.
Not might. Not probably. Could.
The Twins even, essentially, admitted that to the world, didn’t they? They offered the guy 20 million bucks a year for four years, on top of the $13.25 million they already owed him.
It wasn’t quite enough bucks, and they knew that. It wasn’t quite enough years. They knew that, too. But it was a sure sign they could have afforded this man, right?
They just made a choice — that another couple of million a year wasn’t prudent, and that another couple of seasons, for a pitcher, really wasn’t prudent. But it was a choice, not a mandate — a choice that had baseball components mixed in with the financial components. Even the Twins will admit that.
So… yeah, that’s all I’ve got.