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Wednesday, September 25, 2013
I generally think that the Astros are going about their rebuild the right way, though there are things they could have done to speed it up which would have entailed disbursing a lot more money than they presently are (signing mid-tier FAs for a Premium to get them to Houston and then trading them for cheap talent at the deadline; acting as contract clearing house, assuming some money in 3-way deals to get younger talent back; going all in on Cuban defectors, which only cost money not tied-up to international FA pools).
If the system, rather than the Astros, is the problem, what changes do Olney and Gammons suggest we make to it? A salary floor? Neither of them have ever advocated for that to my knowledge and both stop short of doing so now. Changing the draft to a “make it take it” system in which the best teams in baseball draft first? Of course not. The system of talent distribution/development/payroll is the only one we have, is the best that anyone has come up with and it has been in place forever. Why is it now such a problem that the Astros are taking advantage of it?
Posted: September 25, 2013 at 01:08 PM | 125 comment(s)
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