Originally Posted by Strikes Out Looking
Real teams do not rebuild. KC and Pittsburgh rebuild.
Real teams try to win every year at the major league level and continue to build a farm system that can replace losses at the minor league level. This is what the Twins try to do, and is probably the reason Wayne Krivsky is now the Reds GM.
The Twins became competitive only after suffering through 6 years of cellar dwelling, which earned them some high draft picks. They went through a painful rebuilding phase and managed to make some smart draft choices and build a good farm system.
The Marlins constantly build competitive teams via rebuilding. They're not afraid to trade away pending free agents (Beckett) for top prospects. They're smart enough to draft well and sort out good prospects from bad.
KC and Pittsburgh are not smart franchises and can't tell good prospects from bad ones (AJ Hinch? Angel Berroa?). That's why they are perpetually rebuilding.