Originally Posted by GAC
GMs aren't very smart?
Is that coming from the premise from some in baseball's fanbase that they think they are smarter?
It simply illustrates IMHO that there is far more to building/operating a franchise then simple statistical analysis (which is only a small part of the whole equation).
I think the article you pointed out on another thread was good in pointing out that the need for pitching is significant throughout MLB and that there is a dirth of available decent pitchers (it even noted that 3 out of 11 - the article's number - really won't be looking to join just any team) - leading teams scrambling to find players to bolster their rosters.
I think those who have acknowledged that it might be best that we not just throw money at FA's are correct in their assessment. I want to have a system that's churning out a prospect or two a season. Remember the days when you were chomping at the bit for "so and so" gets the call up (most recently for us, it was Kearns and Dunn - now we've got that with Bailey and Votto) - I'd like that each year (who's going to be the big rookie this year?).
Long term is the way to go (not what we've done for the last 15 years).