My beloved Milwaukee Brewers will finish under .500 next year. They will not contend for the playoffs. I can handle that.
The Detroit Tigers will finish under .500 next year. They will not contend for the playoffs. I can handle that.
So, what's the point?
This off-season, the Brew Crew has cut millions of dollars in payroll, has gotten younger, and is clearly rebuilding from within.
The Tigers, on the other hand, have spent and spent and spent. But to what end? They've acquired a mediocre/old/usually hurt second baseman (good ol' Nando Vina, for those of you that follow the brewers). They've added a leftfielder that can only be described as "Fernando Vina, except in left field" (Rondell White). They have added the very definition of average in Carlos Guillen at SS and Jason Johnson in the rotation.
Those acquisitions, and millions of dollars, probably added about 6 or 7 wins to the Tigers season.. leaving them firmly cemented in the cellar. However, these Tigers aim high! They have just signed All-Star/World Series MVP Pudge Rodriguez to a $40 million dollar deal.
Now, he's a huge improvement, but again.. to what end? One man does not a winner make. Pudge will help, but that's $10 million a year to not go to the playoffs.
I like the Brewers organizational philosophy of late, and it pleases me to see bad teams waste good money on over-the-hill players and still having no realistic hopes of postseason.... while my team saves and saves and saves, so that if they have to overspend on one or two guys, they'll do it in 3 or 4 years when the kids are up and maybe putting something together, and overpaying for one or two free agents will actually put the team somewhere useful.