MLB Free Agency: What Teams Screwed Themselves the Most This Offseason?
Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes, these mistakes come back to bite baseball teams in the back. Be it a bad trade or a bad free-agent signing, one bad move could hurt a team's playoff chances.
Dave Cameron of Fangraphs has put together a list of what he believes are the worst transactions of this offseason. The moves that he lists either hurt the team right now or in the future.
Sometimes, not making moves hurt a team as well. This lack of action could be just as bad as signing the wrong player.
This lists includes the teams that hurt themselves the most this offseason, either for the short-term or the long-term.
New York Mets
There are times when not doing anything is worse than making a move. The New York Mets decided to pretty much stand still this winter and let free agents sign elsewhere.
While the Mets do have some finance issues, there were inexpensive players that they could have afforded that would have made their team better. Instead, the Mets' lack of action hurts them for the 2012 season.
This winter, the Arizona Diamondbacks brought in Jason Kubel with a two-year, $15 million deal. This would have been a good move if they needed to improve their outfield.
The reason why this decision was such a head-scratcher is because it sends Gold Glove winning outfielder Gerardo Parra to the bench. By signing Kubel, the Diamondbacks have made their starting outfield worse.
The Miami Marlins spent almost $200 million on free agents this offseason. That is incredible for a team that has never had a payroll of more than $60.5 million.
Two of the Marlins' signings, Heath Bell and Mark Buehrle found themselves on the top five of Dave Cameron's list. The Marlins may have some success in the short-run, but if there could be another fire sale coming in the future.
The difference between Seth Smith and Michael Cuddyer in terms of performance is very small, but the difference between them in terms of salary is $8,080,000 in 2012. It turns out that the Colorado Rockies decided to go with the more expensive player.
This decision does not make much sense, and it is only going to hurt the Rockies' ability to make future moves because of the extra salary that they have to pay Cuddyer.
Signing Prince Fielder absolutely makes sense for the Detroit Tigers in the short-term. He makes them a title contender for the next few seasons.
The problem with Fielder will not come for a few years. His signing limits the payroll flexibility that the Tigers will have in the future which is why his signing came in as No. 2 on Dave Cameron's list of the worst offseason moves.
However, none of that will matter if the Tigers win a World Series in the next few seasons.