Zach wrote:Im just still not sure we have the replacement to make this move the right move right now (barring an offer that really blows us out of the water). I am not sold on Angle and the talk being posted on Jones shows just how valuable a piece he is and is projected to be. If we want to be contenders even if a couple of years down the road we have to stop this trend of trading core young players for more prospects. I am personally sick of being the farm system for the rest of the majors.
I agree with everything you said BUT we have gone through a thirteen year period where our farm system has not been given the resources to provide enough players to build a winning team. You need young talent to be successful. How do you acquire that talent?
Buying players through the draft is the most proven and efficient method but it's not retroactive and it takes about five years to show the results. Even if we would have started to spend what was needed to rebuild this team in the 2008 draft we couldn't expect to get the most out of those players until the 2013 season. Since this team STILL isn't spending what's necessary for the draft, that five year project will have to start in 2012 with those players making a full contribution in about 2017.
"Free" agents are another way to add talent but it is probably the least efficient, and one bad contract (8 years and 200M) can destroy a mid level market team like ours. Let's face it, when you buy a "free" agent you're paying him for what he was
, not what he will be
. IMO this method should almost always be avoided, with some rare exceptions.
Another method for adding talent is the international draft. This can supplement the draft and occasionally can add MLB ready talent right away. It's expensive but it can allow a team that has neglected its farm system (like our's) to rebuild faster IF it's willing to spend the money.
The last method is by making well researched trades. Sometimes you have to give up quality players to fill multiple holes, and this team has LOTS of holes. Again, IMO, if we can trade an Adam Jones for two MLB ready pitchers and another quality prospect you do it even if you have to fill Jones' spot with a player (Angle) that would be a fourth OF on a winning team. If this team is willing to spend 20 to 30M on Yoenis Cespedes we may have a player similar to Jones available for late 2012 or early 2013. If Peter Angelos is SERIOUS about allowing Dan Duquette to build a winner then he is going to have to spend what's necessary to make that happen.