Granted, the following is anecdotal, but I figured I’d lay out a couple of things I’ve observed:13 years, no trade, fully guaranteed. Insane was the correct word choice. He's a terrific player but has had injury issues almost every year.
Your observation about the Central divisions is interesting. Really only Contreras was of interest to the big boys on each coast. The big money owners have historically been on both coasts, plus Chicago. St Louis occasionally grabs a big fish like Arenado and Goldschmidt. But yeah, this year it is all on the coasts.
Twins fans, even before this Correa news, have been restless with the rich Pohlad family not acting like a big spender. The replies to the below tweet vary quite a bit, but there’s quite a few derisive “Twins Way” comments in there about their unwillingness to step up like a big-market team.
White Sox fans have been irate at both Jerry Reinsdorf and the front office for failing to finish off what was supposed to be a roster in a championship window, going hunting in the bargain bin for guys like Adam Eaton and Josh Harrison in recent years while giving a supremely dumb 3-year, $16.5M deal to one of the worst hitters in the game, Leury Garcia, just because he can badly fill in at several spots.
Cubs fans are mad at Tom Ricketts for not taking a plunge like the other big spenders for legit top star players, despite sitting on all the money that the Wrigley Field/Gallagher Way empire brings in.
The Tigers appear ready to soft rebuild again after Al Avila’s totally failed rebuild culminated in a spectacular faceplant this past season.
It goes without saying how the Reds, Guardians and Pirates fans feel about their ownership groups.
So that’s a lot of angry, disenfranchised fanbases in the middle of the country. It’s not good for the game of baseball.
As a White Sox fan, I still wonder if the 2020 Covid season was somewhat fool’s gold. They got to play all 60 games against the Central divisions, and they lit up opposing pitching and looked like an emerging offensive juggernaut.
Maybe if 2020 had been a normal season, we never would have had such sky-high expectations coming out of that season. Because other than a 2021 division title when the Tribe was mediocre and the Twins were a complete flop, the White Sox have nothing yet to show for their rebuild that they finally started at the end of 2016 after several years of mediocrity.
It’s true, it’s true. Trust me …