Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
The way the draft and international signings are cost-controlled now, there's only so much he can spend. They won't be getting extra picks for top tier free agents (they don't have that kind of talent on the roster), and so far they have not been reported as contenders for the free agents whose contracts would be exempt from the international signings cap (such as older Cuban guys). Time will tell, but it appears their only hope is to do what the Rays did -- lose like crazy for a few years and gather excellent talent at the top of the draft. The draft being something of a crapshoot, it may not work out for them. I'm not saying their approach is flawed -- I'm saying it carries risk (several consecutive seasons of 90+ losses can dim that optimism right quick and make fans hard to bring back, even when their minor league starts to surface).
True, I phrased that poorly. He's focusing his attention on the farm system. He's dealing any and all assets to refill the farm. He's not dealing to fill the Astros roster with cheap alternatives. The priority isn't to save money, it's to fill the farm with talent. So if you look at the MLB roster, it looks like they're an absolute shambles...dig deeper. The talent infusion they've taken on in the past year and a half is quite impressive.