Originally Posted by SteelSD
For a team like the Reds? Here you go:
A= Turned ballclub into definitive playoff contender
B= Improved Run Differential enough to project a 85-win+ season with an outside chance at the WildCard without counting on career years from 3/4 of the squad.
C= Improved Run Differential enough to project a .500 record (plus or minus 4 games)
D= Improved, but not significantly enough to project a winning ballclub and spent a lot of money doing it
F= Improved nowhere and/or spent a lot of money not improving
I'll give 'em a C-minus. And the only reason the offseason ranks that high is that the additional money spent potentially secures a higher payroll next season due to folks who might just buy more tickets because they equate money with performance.
But considering that it doesn't appear that there's a good chance that money will be well spent, I can see how folks are giving the offseason a "D".
How does a D grade ever connote "improvement?" So "F" is the baseline?
That's not typically how grades work. C is baseline--no improvement/no regression, net. D is regression. F is severe regression.