I agree FTLOTG. And not only have the A's had success in doing this, but also the Twins.
But then at some point and time, when these players "hit", we see what can easliy happen, and is a "drawback" from being a small to mid market team on a limited budget. Where's Giambi at now? And why did he leave?
The Twin's GM has already came out and stated that they are probably not going to be able to retain all of their young star players, and OFer Hunter is one of them, due to their upcoming salary demands.
The point is that you can scout, develop, bring these young players through your system, and hold onto these players for several years before they are arb eligible, and then free agency. But sooner or later, you're gonna have to "face the music".
You have to have all the right personnel in place to keep "churning" out these young players in order to replace the ones you very well may lose in the future due to they amount of $$$'s they are going to demand, and what the market dictates.
We're going to face that with kids like Dunn and Kearns in a few years, among others.
It is so much harder on small to mid market teams. Impossible? NO..but alot harder.
I don't know the A's financial situation, or the contract situation of their star players. But lets see how long they can keep this star rotation together?
Where are all the big money players going to this off-season? Or for that matter, players, due to their performance, are DUE to get big money?
Yankees, Atlanta, Philadelphia (who are idiots IMO), and the Red Sox?
Some one explain why teams like KC, Pittsburgh, Fla, Milwaukee, Cincy, and so many others aren't in the bidding for these players?
I guess if you want to, you can level the charge that their owners are just cheap. But I don't think that is the reasoning at all.
That's why teams are all huddled around the Expos right now. They know that they have as good a shot as anyone at meeting the Expo's demands, because those demands are high level, but currently inexpensive, prospects.
That's what it's gonna cost you at this point.
But at least you can "sit at the table" and make a viable a offer if you have the talent. The only "sticking point" IMO is that the Expos want someone to take Tatis (and his salary) off their hands. And that would cause the eligible bidders to dwindle down to only a few teams then. A team like the Red Sox or Yanks could afford to do that (eat that salary). But a team like the Reds would have to "make room" salary wise to be able to accomodate that, along with giving up some talented prospects. It makes it tougher.