Baseball America reported their figures on what each team spent on international amateur talent during the 2010 fiscal year. I have expressed it as a graph below.
Edit: It is also important to note that Cuban signings are not included in these figures. Otherwise, you would see several teams jumping up by a few million (e.g. Red Sox) and the Orioles staying in place.
02 March 2011
27 February 2011
Posted by Jon Shepherd at 10:45
A reader told me to look over at Pinnacle Sports, a betting site that bets on pretty much anything. The interesting part to us (and is shown below) are the odds on who is the favorite in 2011 to win the home run title in all of baseball. It goes through Ryan Howard, Adam Dunn, Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, Jose Bautista, and Adrian Gonzalez before it finds its 7th most likely winner: our very own Mark Reynolds. This might strike some as fanciful, but Reynolds does have the 3rd most homeruns over the past two seasons and 8th most over the past three seasons. Based on last year, homeruns were ~15% easier to hit at Camden Yards than at Chase Field. That might increase his total by about 2 home runs.
In case, you were unaware, the lower the number . . . the better the perceived chance.
In other bets on the site . . . the Orioles 2011 over/under is set at 76 wins, which is about where I have them.
note: I have about 5 articles in various states of completion and have been sick as a dog for a week . . . I should have a flurry of posts some point soon . . . God-willing.