The feeling of desperation setting in is never a good thing in any walk of life.
MLB general managers are no different than any one else and prone to act in desperation.
What else could explain situations like the Washington Nationals handing over $126 million to a slightly-above-average Jayson Werth—a guy who's on pace to hit .250 with 20 home runs and 60 RBIs.
The Nationals needed credibility and hoped that signing Werth would give them that regardless of the price.
Will it provide the Nationals credibility? No one knows; but it hasn't translated to wins yet, which is the quickest way to get credible.
There are plenty of teams gearing up for the some desperate moves of their own.
Maybe it's a GM and manager that are on their last leg and desperate for a playoff appearance to ensure a contract extension.
Or maybe it's a depth-chart hole created by a franchise-changing injury.
It could be a team that is just so talented, that they'll mortgage the future to make sure they don't choke their golden opportunities away this year.
Whatever the reasons—you're sure to see desperation sink in for some potential contenders this year.