Originally Posted by Brittingham.Sam
it means they are taking money away from player development
They aren't doing this since the new rules limit what you can spend on the draft. Theo Epstein has build up his system by spending massive in the draft he can't do that any more so he's spending on players who he can trade to get prospects. They added this guy and also Scott Baker along with Scott Feldman on one year deals with the plan to eventually flip them all.
Theo's and the Cubs grand plan to rebuild was ruined by the addition of draft pools. If they had unlimited spending they would have took Mark Appel this year but he would have killed all they had to spend on the other players. This year they got 7,933,900 to spend and went over as far as they could spending 8,307,700 before getting taxed and losing future draft picks.