Baseball is a funny game.
Unlike all other pro sports, there is no correlation between a successful regular season and victory in the postseason.
In baseball, all you need to do is make it to October. Once you do that, anything can happen—just ask Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay.
Last season, the Cleveland Indians got out to a red-hot start and surprised many by sticking it out until the (almost) end of the season.
Tribe GM Chris Antonetti has already said that the payroll will be higher next year, and that's a good thing.
However, spending money for money's sake is no guarantee of success.
And while there is virtually no chance that the Indians will be in the running for guys like Pujols, Fielder and Reyes, there are some smart, below-the-radar moves to be made in order to help them get back to the playoffs in 2012.