Sometimes you can't judge a baseball recipe after one year. Sometimes it takes more than a year for the ingredients to blend together to produce the winning stew.
Consider the Royals, who were a popular pick for the 2013 season after adding James Shields. Or the Blue Jays, another hot choice for '13 after an especially busy offseason in which they imported Jose Reyes, R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle and many others. It took them two years to deliver, but like the Royals they did, albeit a little behind schedule.
Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.