They don't need no stinking "Moneyball"?
The year 2013 just concluded with another Oakland World Series victory. Oakland has 3 of the 8 World Series in the new BMO. During that time they have also won 90 games each year and only missed the playoffs once. A quick analysis this year showed that Oakland did not appear to have a single home grown player on the roster. I'm no expert on "Moneyball" but I'm pretty the part that didn't have to do with taking advantage of market inefficiencies involved drafting and cultivating homegrown talent. Oakland's roster is aging, the farm system has just a few pieces, and the rest of the league seems ready to stop sending the best prospects there for veterans (apparently the inefficiency in this league). Is this the beginning of the end of the Oakland dynasty? Will Oakland find any trade partners this off-season? Will a new ownership group in Los Angeles breathe new life into the AL West division?
A very quick look around the league:
AL East - Toronto has completed the rebuild and would be my pick to win the next Series. Everybody else probably has the talent to compete.
AL Central - Detroit slugged their way to the top in the division. Minnesota was strong. KC is up and coming. Chicago and Cleveland need a few more players.
AL West - Oakland has obviously dominated. I am not sure the result will be different this next year but the prospects on the other teams will be ready soon.
NL East - Atlanta took this one pretty easily. Philly isn't far off. The other 3 teams are rebuilding.
NL Central - Yikes. Milwaukee wasn't that good and took the division easily. All other teams were the definition of mediocre.
NL West - The class of the NL. San Fran went to the Series and put up a good fight. They still have a lot of talent. San Diego will be right there. Arizona is now a rudderless ship.
With the draft and free agency still to come all of this could change at a moment's notice.
Do you want to get in on this?
You should! Let us know about it in the comments. There are openings all over the NL. Does the idea of a team that hits and gives up a million home runs excite you? Ask for Colorado. Do you want a division where you can learn the ropes without other experienced players crushing your soul? Pick any NL Central team. Did you love it when Houston was in the NL? It still is.