Originally Posted by LeeEila's/rant
It doesn't have to be one or the other . We have found some of our best success in trading minor leaguers. We are fantastic at identifying and developing pitching talent. We just use that as our currency and trade for position players a couple years in the system. There seems to be more of a fall off with position players so why not let other teams absorb that loss of drafts.
The reason the farm system was rated so high was Cashner and Castro, both 4-star prospects. Now that both of them are at the MLB.
I agree with you on a couple counts lee, the Cubs shouldn't be scared of trading prospects, including Colvin and Vitters. However, if the Cubs don't have the impact minor leaguers because they were cheapskates on the draft, how they hell are they going to compete with Red Sox, Dodgers, Angels, Rangers, and other teams that have a lot more talent when there's bidding wars for guys like Adrian Gonzalez, etc.??? Teams don't want a bunch of mediocre, mid-level prospects for a guy like that. Besides, when was the last time the Cubs traded for a real impact bat??
The best way to ensure long-term success is through the draft. The Red Sox drafted a handful of guys who were first-round talent, but teams didn't want to spend money on them. Maybe the way the draft is set up sucks, but that's the way it is. The teams that know and are willing to take advantage of it by spending money are the ones who will reap the benefits down the road.
I'd rather the Cubs do everything advantageous to win.
I don't know, I'm just sick of hearing Ricketts and Hendry talk about winning, and then their actions fall far short of their words. Ricketts has said so much BS and done nothing, every little sign action like this I take for him not being truthful with the money situation.
Its more entertaining paying attention to the minor leagues at this point, as this organization has been run terribly the last year and a half and blew some chances to stay competitive the next 4-5 seasons.