Free agents and particularly Mark Teixeira could provide a nice boost to any team.
The question is can these teams really afford to dump so much salary just on one player? (Estimated around $20-23 million a season for 8-10 years) Yes the Yankees and the Red Sox can but the Orioles, Nationals, and the Angels should focus on building from within and on finding cheaper free agent bargains.
Most teams in baseball can barely afford to keep the team they have let alone add a huge salary like Tex's. The Padres for example are having a fire sale on prize possessions like Jake Peavy who comes at a bargain rate of around $12 million a season for 4 more seasons. This is a huge discount for a former Cy-Young winner particularly when players like AJ Burnett who has barely stayed healthy for a full season with almost a career 4 era just went for $17 million a season. (Note: thank goodness he is no longer a Blue Jay)
You can already see a huge drop in corporate sponsorships within sports. This was happening before the bust of the world economy took front and centre stage. Top that off with a decreasing market for baseball and you have a perfect storm of financial trouble in the MLB.
Yes the Rays made a good run on a small budget in 09'. They did it however on having almost the worst record in baseball for 10 straight years and being rewarded with high draft picks. Fortunately they were able to draft well, keep a good portion of their prospects, and many of them are beginning to pan out. Shame no one attends their games to see how good they really are. Unfortunately for the Rays as soon as there players become eligible for free agency they won't be able to afford to keep any of them.
It would be nice to get some serious discussions surrounding change in baseball to increase interest. Maybe around issues like increasing the number of teams in the playoffs, tweaking the divisions possibly into conferences, salary caps, increase the pitching rate, remove the batter eligibility to step outside of the batters box once the bat begins, trading draft picks, instant replay to other aspects of the game, or even reducing the sheer number of games. I don't subscribe to any of these necessarily but I do think they should be considered more seriously than just an off the cuff joke over a festive beverage.
Maybe it's time to move on past the Selig era and into the Gen X era and take a serious look into changes. Something a little more exciting and controversial than a Home Run review cam. Honestly was that really so hard to adopt? Yeah my 93 year old Grandma can't be bothered to use a cell phone but then again she can't make it to the ball park either anymore...