Originally Posted by Dracodave
My top priority is too figure out what matters more...
Winning now, or for the next 10 to 14 years. If you're answer is part two, get prospects. Trade for prospects, from Stanton to Weathers to Conine to Hatteberg. Trade for prospects. Call up Votto, Bailey, McBeth, Medlock etc. Start the team learning together. And you'll get better.
If it's a win now situation.. You start expanding payroll. Sign players like Ted Lilly etc. Start spending that money in players who can help today..or for two more years..
Thats what this team needs to ask itself.
Win now, or Win for awhile. That should be priority number one.
Great post and a sane thought for a change. And I think you have it about right. Spend money for talent or develop talent. It would seem that Mr. Castilini said he wanted to win now, but the actions of his GM don't seem to bear that out.