Dark Horse Teams

by on March 14, 2011   4 Comments

It’s easy to start predicting great things for teams who have added big-name players and have a recent history of success. Even then, a team could disappoint you due to injuries or a simple failure to live up to the hype. This season the Philadelphia Phillies and the Boston Red Sox are the teams for which you could make such rosy predictions.

It’s a lot more difficult to choose the team that really comes together. Last season it was the Cincinnati Reds, a couple seasons before it was the Tampa Bay Rays, and just before that was the Colorado Rockies. These are usually young teams who finally develop some consistency. Dark horse teams are difficult to predict and if you do it correctly you look like a genius. In my attempt to look like a baseball Nostradamus, I offer my dark horse candidates from each league:

Cliff Lee? Really?

by on December 11, 2010   28 Comments

Even though I’m the Braves writer here, I have to speak up.  This Cliff Lee stuff is getting out of control.

Does a guy who can throw a baseball really merit $161 million dollars?  Well, of course not.  But that’s not my argument… that’s a different article altogether.  The baseball market these days involves high dollar contracts… like really high dollar contracts, and that’s just the way it is.  The question is – in today’s baseball market and age, does Cliff Lee really deserve a 7 year $161 million dollar deal?  Heck no.