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MLB Free Agency: Ranking the 10 Most Crucial Contract Mistakes of the Winter
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Why are human beings drawn to failure?  What makes major mishaps so maliciously magnetic?

The effect seems especially pronounced when it comes to professional sports.  Provided that it's not OUR team making that bone-headed move—fans find a sickening joy in delighting over another team's mistakes.

This twisted logic takes us directly to Major League Baseball's annual winter meetings.

The winter meetings are a place of hope—a small refuge that allows even the worst of teams a moment to dream of a playoff run the following season.  Deals made in the winter can change the fortune of a franchise forever.  GMs can become legends. Dynasties can be built.

It's also where some of the next season's (or decade's) worst moves happen.  Franchise-killing moves. Moves that get GMs fired.  Moves that can cause an entire fan base to lose hope.

So naturally, we focus our attention on those.  Yeah, the head banging, chair throwing, fist-through-wall type of moves.

Why?

Because they're more fun.  (Admit it).

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