Meanwhile, the Dodgers hated rivals, the Giants have won two of the last three World Series with no big free agent signings.
The Angels, also have went on an intense spending spree the last two years also. First the Angels added Albert Pujols for a cool $240 million and Josh Hamilton for $125 million. Putting Pujols, Hamilton and future superstar Mike Trout in a lineup together hasn¹t worked out the way it looked on paper.
The Angels have stolen the Texas Rangers’ top free agent the last two off-season’s in starting pitcher C.J. Wilson and Hamiltion, and still lead the Los Angeles by five-and-a-half games.
None of this spending has yielded even one playoff win. When play ended Wednesday, the two teams had a combined record of 17-23 with a run differential of -34. This doesn’t mean free agent signings are a terrible idea, but you need to pick your spots.
Hamilton and Pujols were both over 30 and already declining when they signed. Those two contracts are a disaster waiting to happen. There’s a very small likelihood that either player is productive in the final year of the contract.
Money can buy happiness, but when it comes to baseball - less is more.