Originally Posted by traderumor
Where did I say that large market wins every year? You got that from what I said?
I responded to "build long-term competitive teams in a small market are looking for a needle in a haystack." "Windows" is not a viable management model for any franchise, whether its the poor, middle class, or rich. That was a model tried in the 90s that bled into the early part of this decade, e.g. 90s Indians, pre-Moneyball A's. I don't think anyone is actively pursuing this model anymore. I'm not even sure how much it was practiced vs. how much it was hindsight "new ballpark, Indians good, must be 'window of opportunity' management model."
"Windows" is practiced all the time. Why else to do teams routinely mortgage the future to acquire vets when they are in the race at the trade deadline? They have a chance to win, a window of opportunity, and they take it. It happens every year.
Sports long-termers are always saying "keep it young and cheap, and then go for it when the team is reasonably well built." Except that some can't ever decide that it's time to pull the trigger and go for it.
Now is the time for the Reds to pull the trigger and go for it. The future is too unpredictable in sports. The Reds need to go for it in 2012.
To get back to the thread, with Masset out, they really need to figure out this pitching staff. An acquisition from the outside wouldn't hurt, if it's the right guy. Gonzalez seems too far away from contributing.