Originally Posted by traderumor
The first thing I would do if buying a MLB franchise is pay Billy Beane, John Schuerholz, or Walt Jocketty ...
While I agree that Jocketty is a good GM, he certainly hasn't gotten there through the farm route.
Look at the Cards roster. Only Pujols, Molina are original Cards from the starting 8, and only Thompson from the expected pitching staff. The Cards ability to spend a pretty hefty payroll (wisely) is their claim to fame, not a remarkable farm system.