MLB GMs Who Should Be Embarrassed After Striking Out This Winter

Mark MillerCorrespondent IJanuary 20, 2013

MLB GMs Who Should Be Embarrassed After Striking Out This Winter

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    We're only a few weeks away from the start of spring training, and finally we're starting to get a much clearer picture of which teams might look the most different heading into the season.

    General managers throughout the league have had the unenviable task of assessing talent in the major leagues and farm systems as the right packages are being built on both sides and free-agent negotiations get underway.

    There can sometimes be little middle ground for these GMs, however, as one wrong move can set an organization back a few important steps.

    Here are some GMs who may be setting themselves up for failure with the moves they made—or didn't make—this offseason.

Jeff Luhnow, Houston Astros

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    Coming off consecutive 100-plus loss seasons, it's hard to believe that anyone had the Houston Astros pegged as a team that would be active in the bidding of the game's best free agents this offseason.

    Sure enough, they did little to improve their roster and are heading into the 2013 season with one of the lowest team payrolls that MLB has had in quite a while.

    GM Jeff Luhnow will no doubt be given a few more years to develop young talent. But with Houston heading into the talented AL West this season, Luhnow's inactivity should ensure we have another season with the Astros holding down MLB's basement.

Dan Duquette, Baltimore Orioles

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    Coming off a relatively active offseason last winter, the Baltimore Orioles were one of the better stories in the league in 2012 after making an appearance in the postseason that surprised most baseball fans.

    Baltimore's shortcomings were exposed in the playoffs, which left the Orioles' front office with an opportunity to improve even further this winter in an effort to potentially take home an AL East crown in 2013.

    Instead, Dan Duquette and company have done relatively little this offseason.

    The Orioles' braintrust will head into the 2013 season hoping that an additional year of experience will be the biggest equalizer in a division that seems to get better every year.

Jon Daniels, Texas Rangers

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    With two appearances in the World Series in the past three seasons, the Texas Rangers have lately become the mark of consistency in the American League.

    However, the Los Angeles Angels have made significant improvements to their roster and stand to be contenders for years to come in the AL West. And while the Rangers still have plenty of important pieces, there's work left to do.

    After losing out on Zack Greinke and seeing Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli head out of the Lone Star State, Jon Daniels came back with the signing of 36-year-old veterans Lance Berkman and A.J. Pierzynski.

    Those moves won't exactly strike fear in their competition.

    The Rangers will largely rely on some big performances from existing members of the Rangers to get back to the postseason.

Dan O'Dowd, Colorado Rockies

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    After big signings last offseason didn't translate into success in Colorado, Dan O'Dowd and the Rockies front office took a different approach this time around. This offseason, they have thus far opted to do very little to change the makeup of their roster.

    They'll head into the season with one of the youngest pitching staffs in the game—aside from veteran Jeff Francis—and will hope that's enough to make a dent in a division that features some of the best teams in the game.

Michael Hill, Miami Marlins

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    Believe it or not, it was just a year ago that we were witnessing the resurgence of Marlins baseball with top free agents Mark Buehrle, Heath Bell and Jose Reyes all signing with Miami.

    As we sit here a year later, all of those players have made their way out of South Beach. Bell headed to Arizona, while the others were traded north of the border to Toronto.

    Those aren't the only newfound holes in the roster, as Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante were also shipped out.

    We've seen this all before from major league owners, so I guess it's not all that surprising that Jeffrey Loria and Miami's front office cut their losses. But with a newly christened ballpark likely to be full of empty seats in 2013, their actions are extremely disappointing.

    To say the least.