Originally Posted by rotnoid
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.
I also agree with your point but it should be done with exterme care(maybe a catcher if he's the one missing link your farm system can't fill). The Reds can't afford $10-15M/year mistakes - see Eric Milton. I can even see retaining Dunn for 2 or 3 years at a reasonable cost if the teams feels he's the one piece needed to go over the top., but, I would never trade prize prospects(Bruce, Bailey) for less tha a "kings ransom." I also wouldn't mortage the next five years for an outside chance in the present.