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Old 04-22-2013, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by amsteel View Post
Rising above mediocrity is secondary to making money, the only way anything really changes is if they stop making money.

I don't think that's true at all. It's the sort of smug, convoluted logic all too prevalent among the fanbase that is hurting the franchise.
If winning were easy, everyone would do it. It all it took was spending money, the Marlins would have had a great 2012, maybe losing to the Angels in the World Series. There are more big-salary failures in the last 20 years than big-salary champions.

Spending money, more money than anyone else was offering, on Adam Dunn wasn't about profitability above mediocrity. Many who had watched Dunn play believed it was a bad baseball move, but it was something a majority of fans wanted. It isn't even a matter of hindsight. The day Dunn was signed, it was noted in the discussion that you could get as much from Mark Reynolds at a much lower cost because he was available in trade. Now fans complain that the franchise is cheap because it won't eat his contract.

Fans complain that the White Sox traded Daniel Hudson for Edwin Jackson after Jake Peavy went down, although keeping a minor league prospect and his ERA in excess of 6 to continue to perhaps get hammered in the American League would have been far cheaper. Trading for Jake Peavy wasn't cheap. Taking on the Alex Rios contract wasn't cheap. Re-signing Paul konerko wasn't cheap.

The Sox didn't sign any big name free agents this off-season, but I don't think that is a matter of putting profit before rising above mediocrity. More often than not in recent years, signing the big free agents as probed both from the perspective of business and baseball.
What fans do by hurting their team's franchise financially is put them in a position where they can once again say the franchise is blaming the fans, blame that really only exists in their convoluted logic.
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