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It's not clear it ever made sense to stop spending. It made perfect sense to start spending now. The young talent is already in the organization, the 2014 draft position is already set. Some of the young talent is (by BA) expected to start arriving late this year. Sucking again in 2014 accomplishes nothing -- it gives us another high draft choice which we won't want to give away by signing a quality FA.
As long as the A's are out there contending almost every year without any big names, a modest budget and lousy draft position then no team has a legit reason to suck. As long as the Cards can renew themselves year after year with lousy draft positions and modest budgets, the notion that you have to suck for 5 years to have a chance to build a winner is nonsense.
This offseason, at the very least, the Cubs should have targeted short-term, non-QO'd FA talent.
Duquette is good at cobbling teams together--much of the 2004 Red Sox, for example.
Well, he acquired the most important components through FA and two Freaking-A trades. I don't know if it's "cobbling", but he still deserves most of the credit for putting that team together.
I'll stand by most. It's a hell of a lot harder to get the elite talent than to cobble around it. If he had kept the job, Duquette very likely would have gotten it right sooner rather than later.
Sure, but 4 of the 6 top players by WAR were Duquette's gets (Manny, Pedro, Damon and Varitek).
And quite frankly, I don't give anyone much credit for Ortiz. It was a total fluke, chemically created or not.
I am engaging in hyperbole because I'm trying to point out the stupidity of the "Great Man" theory of baseball executives. Theo Epstein is viewed as a baseball genius, and Duquette as a mediocrity due basically to blind luck.
Anyway, Cubs. They aren't going to be good this year, won't be good in 2015, and are going to have a hell of a time being good in 2016.
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