One of the things I dislike most about the off-season is how simple the analysis can be. Usually it all boils down to good ratings for the teams that spent money and added names, and poor ratings for teams who didn't make a move or made low key additions. The analysis only views the off-season in a vacuum, and doesn't consider the roster leading up to the off-season, the internal improvements on the team, or how the new additions -- big or small -- fit in with the overall team.

I was talking with a friend of mine about this recently. We were discussing the Seattle Mariners and their spending this off-season, and how that spending is probably going to land them at the top of most predictions heading into 2014. We were talking about how this happens every year. Each year there is a team t...

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