Originally Posted by oregonred
Votto, Bruce, Choo, DatDude - that's $40M+ of payroll and all star caliber talent paid to carry the offensive weight to supplement a stud pitching staff and a 20+M a year bullpen. Cheap and league average from Frazier and Mes is more than passable at two premium positions. Whether Mes is league average or better is yet to be determined - I'm still convinced there is untapped upside.
Inexpensive talent is important but the goal is to be selective and find players who are cheap and effective. Not simply to promote draft choices and declare them "league average" and leave it at that.
The allegiance fans have to home grown talent is admirable, but these players have to be assessed realistically.
In some cases, say a Mesoraco, I'd be prepared to wait and hope that with time he's a plus player. But to read some posts here, you'd think the guy was at .969 instead of .669. Not realistic.
You win with prospects performing like Cingrani on the Reds. He's an example of how to save money and win. Or like Todd Frazier last year.