We all want 5 HOF starters, a bullpen full of lights-out closers, a top flight offsense and defense that is chock full of range and glove skills. Throw in a little base running speed and that mystical notion of "clutch" and you've got yourself a darn good little baseball team.
The money relalities are such that you've got to "cut some corners" somewhere and realize that fininical limitations do exist. That doesn't mean that having unlimited resources buys you wins (sorry George) or that teams with smaller warchests can't compete (hello Twins, Cards, Braves and A's).
So, with this long introduction, if you are building a team and deciding where to allocate your resources, where do you "spend a little extra" and where do you "cut back" to live within your means? What skills are critical to success, what can you live without, or live with in lesser quantities?
A prime example might be, 2 studs, a good #3 and a #4 and #5 that can at least keep you in games instead of 5 Roger Clemons clones.