Somewhere back in free agency, someone posted on the world chat that there seemed to be a lot of talent moving to the NL...
Had a slow hour for lunch today, so decided to check that out.
For each of the Type A and B free agent moves and trades (I just assigned A and B to the traded players based on their overalls), I just counted how many moved from one division to another division.
But I also figured that the Type A's have a lot more impact than the B's. And there are some Type A's that are the real difference-makers. So I assigned points for 3 categories:
Type B's got 1 point
Type A's got 2 points
Type "Super A's" got 4 points (Smalley, Andujar, Young, Santiago, Gutierrez)
So when you add up all the comings and goings, what do you get?
AL South +6
NL West +4
AL North +3
AL East +1
NL South -2
AL West -3
NL North -3
NL East -6
Overall, AL is +7 and NL is -7.
With points assigned like this, the effect of the Super A's is huge. Take those out and it flips to NL +5, AL -5. The NL East all by itself (which lost 4 of the Super A's) goes from -6 to +6.
So for the poster mentioned above, you were right...for numbers of players changing leagues, the NL was winning. But for real impact, AL got the edge this year.