Big Mistakes Each Big MLB Buyer Must Avoid Making This Offseason

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Big Mistakes Each Big MLB Buyer Must Avoid Making This Offseason
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Matt Garza is not a No.1 starter but he will get paid like one.

Having the perfect offseason is near impossible for an organization. Even Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, the Sporting News' Executive of the Year, wasn't quite flawless.

His trade of Mark Melancon and three minor leaguers to the Pittsburgh Pirates for closer Joel Hanrahan, who was lost to a season-ending elbow injury after struggling badly in his nine relief appearances with Boston, was a clear loss on his end. 

The move, which also added approximately $6 million to Boston's 2013 payroll, left the Sox thin in right-handed relief help late in the year while Melancon, a right-handed setup man, was having a terrific season with the Pirates.

Obviously, it's a mistake that can be overlooked because the team won the World Series. But Cherington is now in search of a right-handed setup man, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, when he could've penciled in Melancon, who is just entering his first year of arbitration eligibility. 

Mistakes can often turn out to be much more costly, however. They can come back to haunt a team, even if it's not during the following season. And in some cases, a particular mistake or set of mistakes could set a franchise back for years. 

Here are four common mistakes that the big buyers will want to avoid this offseason. 

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