Originally Posted by hebroncougar
Agree to a point..........but if Castellini is willing to bump the payroll up to lets say $80 million (not too far fetched imo), then you can afford some high priced players (Harang, Arroyo, and a couple of bats), especially with Milton and Griffey coming off the books in the next couple of years. You are going to have a window with Harang, Arroyo, and Bailey where you could have 3 very, very good SP's if Bailey can develop and be ready to get his feet wet next year, and be real good the following. That gives you at least 2 years with those 3 pitchers.
Right, so it's a mix of both strategies, while you have to spin certain players at the right time, you still hang on to guys that make up your core. The Twins have been able to do this extremely well, so far. We'll see what happens with Hunter and Santana. Even if they let Hunter walk, it's still not a sign they've become a AAAA team for the big dogs (he's an aging CF with declining skills). While I agree that a strong farm system will get you close, it's not going to produce all the pieces. At some point, you have to spend the extra 8-10 million to add that last bit, whatever it may be.