2012 MLB Free Agency: 5 GMs Most Likely to Make a Stupid Move

Ross DurrenceCorrespondent IINovember 10, 2011

2012 MLB Free Agency: 5 GMs Most Likely to Make a Stupid Move

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    2012 is not short of story lines with regard to free agency.

    Pujols? Fielder? How will Epstein due in the Windy City?

    With big name players potentially on the block and GMs desperate to make moves, this offseason could be one for the books.

    Let's take a look at the five GMs most likely to make a big mistake this offseason.

Theo Epstein

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    Epstein was handed the reins of one of the most storied franchises in all of sports.

    He's on this list because the Cubs expect him to rescue them from irrelevance and lead them through the playoffs.

    I just hope he doesn't make a rash decision his first few months on the job.

John Mozeliak

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    Rumors are swirling about where Albert Pujols will end up, but the bottom line is Mozeliak has to re-sign the slugger.

    Pujols is the greatest right-handed hitter in more than a half century and needs to be compensated as such by the Cardinals.

    I'm not saying Mozeliak won't re-sign Pujols, but if he let him go it would be the biggest blunder in GM history.

    My money is on Albert being a Cardinal next year, but with the current baseball climate like it is, you never know.

Ben Cherington

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    Cherington needs to avoid making splashes this offseason. If he goes out and signs a high profile player to a big contract, he'll immediately be under scrutiny with disappointing years from Crawford and Lackey in 2011.

    The new Sox GM could really step in it by making the wrong move this year, and I'm not convinced he won't.

    If he's smart, he'll take is slow and avoid the limelight.

Brian Cashman

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    Cashman has a tendency to go after the big fish, and this offseason is definitely not the time to stick with that strategy.

    Worried about the Yankees standing in the American League, Cashman may try to reach out to one of the big time free agents this year, but that would be a huge mistake.

    The Yankees don't need to buy any more players. They've got the talent, they just need something lacking from the franchise for a while.

    Patience.

Ned Coletti

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    Coletti's list of follies is long and well-documented

    Juan Pierre for $9 million a year?

    More than $15 million a year for an over-the-hill Jason Schmidt?

    Not to mention his home-grown player development is awful.

    What does all of this add up to this offseason? Another potential mistake by the dreadful Dodger GM.