Investing big money long-term in the offseason to players outside your organization isn’t usually the way to win, especially if that’s how you are building your team. However, it is possible to spend big in the offseason and have it translate to on-field success.
See the Arizona Diamondbacks.
However, going into the offseason, they needed a lot of help, with the starting rotation being the main weakness.
Did the Diamondbacks give up a premium to add both players? Absolutely. But they were moves they had to make.
Having such a solid group of hitters gives the Diamondbacks a window to “win now” and general manager Dave Stewart knew that.
What the Diamondbacks are doing is smart: They built a strong core of young players and are adding to it to win now with those players.
Sure, they are putting a lot of pressure on themselves to win now. But it’s a gamble they had to take.
How it pans out remains to be seen. But they are much better equipped to win now rather than the previous big offseason spenders.