Baseball’s 15th greatest general manager knew a bargain veteran when he saw one

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Mark Armour and Dan Levitt have written a book: In Pursuit of Pennants, which examines how front offices have historically found innovative ways to build winning teams. In support of that, they are counting down the top-25 GMs of all time over at their blog. Since it’s slow season, I’m going to continue linking to the countdown as it’s great stuff we rarely read about in the normal course.

Walt Jocketty could add at the deadline. And pick up a veteran bargain in the offseason. You think you knew that already, but man, I was surprised at how many of these kinds of deals Jocketty made while in St. Louis. Mark McGwire, Will Clark, Mike Timlin, Woody Williams, Chuck Finley, Scott Rolen, Sterling Hitchcock, Larry Walker and Jeff Weaver all made their bones elsewhere, but were brought to St. Louis and shined.

Makes you wonder if Marlon Byrd still has one last big year in him in Cincinnati.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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