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- “Still, it speaks to the team’s recognition that baseball trades in a new currency youth and that the Mets always arrive late to the party of the latest trend. New York spent $3.1 million on the amateur draft in 2009. It was the lowest figure in the game.”
- “To compensate, they dole out dollars in the most inefficient market: free agency. Bay hits for power and he gets on base and he fits into a clubhouse well, and every team desires such a player. He’s also 31. Defensive metrics and scouts agree he’s a massive liability in left field. He was obviously blanching at playing for the Mets and in the massive Citi Field, or he wouldn’t have spent more than two weeks spelunking for another offer before taking New York’s.”
- “Give [Minaya] this much: He is a survivor, somehow wrangling a contract extension out of the Wilpon family at the height of fans’ disdain with him more than a year ago.
Earlier today, Ed Price wrote an article about the team of the decade that included the following chart:
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Considering that chart, it must be obvious who Price picked as the team of the decade, right? Not so fast:
But while the Yankees had the best winning percentage for the 2000s...
Any chance Jason Bay ends up back with the Red Sox as opposed to in Queens?
I think he’d rather be playing in Beirut than Queens. The sad part of this is that sometimes there’s so much competition between agents that the players become pawns. I think in Jason’s case, it would have been really easy to take 4 x 15 [million dollars] in July, which I thought, actually, at the time was a little bit high as an offer. It was clear that the Red Sox just wanted to get him signed and get him out of the way. While the Mets offer is four [years] for 65 [million], it’s so backloaded that I’ve been told by Mets people that it’s far less than what the Red Sox were offering in present-day value. And he obviously doesn’t want to play there. And they’re scared of having him play left field there for four years. it’s really a shame it’s worked out this way.…
- “But while the Yankees had the best winning percentage for the 2000s as a whole — .597, with a 965-651 record — we have chosen the Red Sox as the team of the decade.”
- “For the decade, the Red Sox averaged 92 wins per season, compared to the Yankees’ 96.5. (St. Louis led the NL with 91.3.)”
- “And when the Yankees bookended the decade with this year’s title, they matched the Red Sox as the only team with two championships in the 2000s.”
And Price was good enough to add this nifty table (which has not one, not two but three errors: how do you win a WS but NOT a Pennant? And the Yanks won FOUR pennants, not two. And the Rays won the division in 2008, not the Sox. Screw the facts!):
|Best of the 2000s|
|Top franchises for the decade:|
|Team||Wins||Div. Titles||Pennants||WS Titles|
|Red Sox||920||2 1||1 2||2|
So, what was the reason for picking the Sox ahead of the Yanks, per Ed’s reasoning:
- “Boston earns the nod not just based on its success but also for the way the franchise turned itself around and became a standard-bearer in ways for the industry.”
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