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Leading off at The Hardball Times, Glenn DuPaul talks payroll increases and win totals. It doesn’t necessarily bode well for the 2013 Cleveland Indians, eh? “Last week, I discussed the issue of teams “going for broke” and how significant increases in payroll may affect overall success (win totals). One of the more interesting findings in that piece dealt with teams who had great success the season before they increased payroll. I found that from 2001 to 2012 there were 28 teams who won at least 88 games in the year before they increased payroll by at least 20 percent. Of those 28 teams, only 14 teams were able to get back to that 88-win threshold in the subsequent season. This result sounds surprising when taken at face value. In most cases, the assumption would be that the increase in payroll was an attempt to prevent regression and sustain, or build on, past success.” [The Hardball Times]
Dawgs By Nature has a phenomenal 2012 slideshow review of the Browns and some other happenings of interest to Browns’ fans. Also, check out their highlight of a mock draft that has the Browns taking Florida State DE Bjoern Werner with the sixth pick, “With the previous regime focusing much of their 2012 draft on the offensive side of the ball (quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and right tackle), the majority of fans seemed to be interested in finding a defensive stud. Some of the suggestions included DE Damontre Moore, DE Bjoern Werner, OLB Jarvis Jones, and CB Dee Milliner. Our draft affiliate, Dan Kadar from Mocking the Draft, posted their first mock draft now that the regular season is over. Out of those four defensive players recommended by fans, two of them — Milliner and Moore — were already off the board. Between Werner and Jones, Kadar decided to send Werner to the Browns.” [Dawgs By Nature] [Read more...]