Well Tampa does. Cle routinely contends. Oakland normally is right there. And the Os can spend more than they do.
And the difference is when you are in a window, you may choose to be more aggressive in how you build your team knowing that the window is set to close soon.
Phillips is an elite defensive player with very good speed and a career OPS vs righties of about 700.
A platoon can be very valuable. This could easily be a Mateo situation. Elite defense at a key position but not a ton of offense although there is plenty of evidence that the offense would be better than Mateo.
That could easily be a 2-3 WAR situation. And it’s just one of many options, especially if the team is going to be cheap.
I see a few comments that refer to competitive windows while Elias has talked about building a perennial contender.
What’s the difference from a practical perspective? From a transactional/trade perspective? Org build perspective? Do FA signings look different? Does opportunity for prospects differ?
Can a small/mid-market team (i.e. long term budget constraints) like the O’s compete on a regular basis with how the CBA is designed?