Don wrote:I do not blame them one bit for not be big spenders at the outset. Some teams have simply gone Mad with the free spending for north of 3 million dollars. That is saying these kids are top three talent and I am not buying it.
I want to see them go after players, but perfectly fine reaching for the guys in the mid six figure range. Those guys do not sign on July 2 and it is a long two month period. If they do not sign anyone, they must attempt to fill the cupboard with the tough sign drafted players. If they can land the touger signed talented players, it makes up for the lack this season.
I do not like the fact that year in and year out this system still lacks international players. There are so many leagues, etc... that the scouts get to see plenty of game action. Simply pay the handelers to bring them to best players to the Orioles complex. Split the costs with the Brewers on multiple players. You get to see them for a few weeks in game action and against live pitching.
I have said this is no longer the wild, wild west when I first started. The Orioles can find ways to see players in games and McPhail has no excuse to throw out the references that he does. Saying this, guys are not worth 3 million plus. Not when half of the guys in the futures game yesterday were way south of 1 million signing bonus.
Still, the international market provides a chance to add even more talent to the system. Even with all the problems that the steroids, faked ages, etc., present, a team like the Orioles needs to jump on every single opportunity they can to add more talent into their system.
Why only spend more in the draft when you can spend more in the draft and
on the international market? Work with both markets.