MLB Insider Shares A Shocking Successful Trend


Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after striking out Austin Nola #26 of the San Diego Padres to end of the top of the second inning during game two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 12, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
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Free agency is not the only way to build a successful MLB franchise.

In fact, it may not be the most efficient way.

Building from within takes a bit more time to be competitive, but it’s the most sustainable way and gives an organization the better chance to build a true dynasty.

Take a look at the market dynamics and who is the favorite in the American League and the National League after the offseason, which hasn’t ended but doesn’t offer high-profile additions anymore.

“One talent evaluator notes that the three teams who’ve had the most sustained success in the last decade — the Dodgers, Astros, Braves — mostly sat out the high-priced market this winter,” MLB insider Buster Olney tweeted.

What the New York Mets are doing puts them in position to compete, yes, but the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros have their own way of running a franchise that has been proven effective with sustained success and even World Series titles.

Those are the last three World Series champions, in fact.

The Dodgers combine top-notch scouting and player development with a big budget.

The Astros don’t spend as much, but are probably as good as LA as identifying and developing their own stars.

The Braves add shrewd negotiation skills to their excellent player development and scouting departments, and are able to lock up their stars for years to come at team-friendly deals.

If teams are looking for a model to follow and imitate, they should be looking at those three teams.

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