Quote post by bripat42 on 11/28/2013 12:41:00 PM:
Anyway, that $10M spent intelligently on FAs very well could have made you more competitive and kept you from losing 100-plus games
My question is - what is wrong with losing 100+ games?
I just joined the Mike Squires league in season 27, I picked up literally the least successful franchise on the game, won the division once, no playoffs in 20 seasons, 3 different owners in 5 seasons, it's bad.
I looked at last season's standings, saw that my team was last, like 60-102 or something, and that the other three teams in the division were the WS champ and the 2 wild cards, and realized I needed to strip it down, get whatever I could in exchange for veterans, and re-assign their salaries as investment elsewhere. As a new user, advance scouting is a necessity, so I spent on that. I also chopped up some extra money to get 4-5 ML prospects in the draft and a high-potential SS IFA.
But NEVER was I going to go out and say "wow I had better bid $50 million on a bunch of free agents so I can try to win now."
When it's CLEARLY not possible, "Winning now" is for idiots. It's for teams like the Seattle Mariners that sign 30 year olds to 10 year contracts and wonder why they haven't made the playoffs since Griffey.
The reason I bring this up is because imo users like jwynnkoop are the smart people and MikeT are the not smart people. Winning now is usually not possible. Building a dynasty is the goal, and in my case and probably in jwynn's case, we inherited horrible teams and had no choice but to start out terrible. It's called investing. A free agent is never an investment, it's over-inflated. Teams that spend on free agents lose.
Also, personally, I find enjoyment in watching all of my players develop at all levels, not just MLB. To me, baseball is just an amalgamation of mathematical equations, and I like to try to hack the algorithms. I feel like I get my money's worth if I compete at all levels. I also find enjoyment in trying to balance my records at all levels. Ie if my AA is .333 and my HighA is .500, I'll promote 1-2 guys to have them even out at .420 apiece (or vice versa if the reverse is true).
Thesis statement- my definition of tanking is when a franchise's W-L records are drastically out-of-whack when comparing the overall talent level of the organization. Like if the MLB team is 50-110 and the AAA, AA, etc all have win %s of like .700. In that instance, the user is purposely losing ML games for the incentive of lucking into super-prospects either in the draft or in IFA (because they can afford to carve up a ridiculous amount like $50M payroll into $25M Prospect so they can land a 99 overall IFA like a guy did in Mike Squires.