Monday, April 4, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, April 3, 2022 -- "Season Preview 2022: The Era Of Big Tanking Is Over"

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"Where things got weird in the 2010s was that it was no longer 65-win teams throwing it into reverse. The Braves won 190 games in 2012 and 2013, and were in first place coming out of the All-Star break in 2014. They did nothing to improve that roster, then traded Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton, and Craig Kimbrel before the start of the 2015 season. The A’s made the playoffs three straight years, winning 88 games in the last, then traded Jeff Samardzija and a controlled Josh Donaldson on their way to three straight last-place finishes. The Red Sox went from a championship in 2013 to consecutive years in the cellar, trading away Mike Napoli and John Lackey while allowing Jon Lester and Jacoby Ellsbury to leave in free agency."