ofahn wrote:At some point over the next three weeks the FO is going to half to make hard choices about whether to mortgage the future on a NON championship team or make the trades necessary to build a one BEFORE Davis' and Wieters' control periods end after the 2015 season.
Somewhat conflicted on this one. If the team can get a first rate return on Weiters you move him. With Davis... Wow! I think you try to lock him up and offer some incentives. I do not want another Mark Reynolds, Luke Scott, Aubrey Huff, Wilson Betemit, Derrek Lee, Ty Wiggington or Kevin Millar type of carousel again (My God, I could probably list more if I researched it). Also because JJ Hardy is hot the talk of moving him at the deadline seems to have died down. My question is "Why?" He's talented enough to land a very good return and is not so expensive that he would wreck any payroll.
The team will have to make some longer term commitments in regards to keeping it's best talent. That means a higher payroll. The only other real alternative is to get far more out of the draft and international signings. Then literally selling all your most talented players in trades. Right now the team absolutely does not (nor has it in decades) have enough talent in it's minor league system to do that.
I am perfectly OK with selling for the right return. I am also OK with the team trying it's best to remain competitive now without destroying it's future. That future is going to mean some mediocre ball clubs unless some pieces are moved though.