Originally Posted by Kc61
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.
I think we agree but you went say off tangent to obviousville. Sure give me a few Cingrani's every year and life would be a breeze. However, low cost guys like Frazier and Mes (couldn't care less if homegrown or a 1st round pick) are a necessity on a small/mid market payroll trying to keep a talented are eligible core together.
We agree that Cingani's emergence is huge and easily the best Reds story of the year. He gives the Reds pay flex with the starting core for years down the road.