Certainly history has shown that the best way to repeat is to retain every veteran coming off a peak season for millions of dollars.Well, yeah. I was nice to Brian Sabean last week; now, here he goes, with Pagan and Scutaro, repeating his mistake from two years ago (Aubrey Huff, Freddy Sanchez).
Hank Schulman said something about the hitters at every position being locked up through 2014, but, no, the odds of Pence, Pagan, Blanco, and Scutaro all making it that long as regulars are about zilch.
For the most part, however, it's only money. I mean, there's no way that Pagan is going to play 140+ games a year for the Giants for the four years of his contract...but they've moved on before, even when they had to eat salary to do so. The problem is that there's every possibility that one of them will play regularly through a collapse year (just as Huff did last year)...well, anyway, it's two weak contracts.
As I've said before: I really do think the 1990s Braves were as good as they were primarily because they were the very rare winning team willing to dump popular stars. It's too bad Sabean wasn't paying attention.