Pardon the pun, but let's take a second and consider their shocking change in the way their business has been run this offseason. They're coming off one of their worst seasons in franchise history. Their area has been hard-hit by the housing collapse. Despite past WS success, their stadium still appeared incredibly empty. And right now, their farm system is considered one of the worst in baseball. There were rumors that if any team were to move, it would be them... now, they've got a new stadium deal, new name, new logo high-priced new acquisitions in Heath Bell and Jose Reyes, and are generally considered the favorite in the running for Cespedes. Yet they've also garnered an investigation by the SEC, which they've mostly shrugged off during their spending spree. And now, they're laying it all on the line with a 10-year deal for Pujols.
Something's not right here. Massive, risky expenditures of this sort during an era of necessary rebuilding in such a poor market is the business of someone who has never worked in baseball before, and Beinfest (their main executive) is generally known as a guy who wins with a small budget and maximizing return rather than going on spending sprees. Do you suspect there's a lot of money getting transferred under the table here?