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    Tradeoff: $ spent on scouting & player development vs. salaries and other expenses

    I have no idea how much scouting directors or scouts make or how much minor league managers or coaches make. My guess is they donít consume a large chunk of a ML clubsí expenditures. These are the people who find and then develop the talent that ML baseball clubs pay up Millions to sign. These players, if they become stars, are then paid 10ís of millions to sign long term (often more than once) with a club.

    I wonder if the surest way to success isnít to allocate a much larger share of a ML clubís operating cost into the areas of scouting and player development than is currently the case. What if, for example, the Reds had spent the millions, used to sign Cormier and Stanton, to instead upgrade scouting and minor league personnel responsible for player development? How much impact would that have on this years and future drafts, on the development of players drafted, or on future trades.

    I donít know the answer, but, has anyone here seen any data related to these tradeoffs? Such data could be invaluable to a ML GM.

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    Re: Tradeoff: $ spent on scouting & player development vs. salaries and other expense

    Like any industry, baseball probably has a small number of superstars in the scouting and development ranks. Everyone in baseball probably knows who they are. Prying them away from their current employers probably entails overpaying the individuals in question, and burning some bridges with their former organizations and the people running them. I suspect it's cheaper and a lot less messy to stick with the guys in the middle of the bell curve.

    As for salaries, I'd expect a scouting director to make about $150,000, a scout to make about $50,000, and a minor league manager or coach to make $30,000-$50,000. So, figure your entire minor league coaching staff earns about $1MM, and your scouting department earns about another half-million, give or take.
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    Re: Tradeoff: $ spent on scouting & player development vs. salaries and other expense

    Quote Originally Posted by Redsland View Post
    Like any industry, baseball probably has a small number of superstars in the scouting and development ranks. Everyone in baseball probably knows who they are. Prying them away from their current employers probably entails overpaying the individuals in question, and burning some bridges with their former organizations and the people running them. I suspect it's cheaper and a lot less messy to stick with the guys in the middle of the bell curve.

    As for salaries, I'd expect a scouting director to make about $150,000, a scout to make about $50,000, and a minor league manager or coach to make $30,000-$50,000. So, figure your entire minor league coaching staff earns about $1MM, and your scouting department earns about another half-million, give or take.

    Those are about the salaries I'd have guessed. If they're anywhere in the ballpark, the Reds are spending a few Million on scouting and player development vs $69M on ML players. If true I'd increase the former amount to whatever level permits hiring those at the peak of the "bell curve" even if it "entails overpaying the individuals in question, and burning some bridges with their former organizations and the people running them".

    Maybe if we "stick with the guys in the middle of the bell curve", the results will continue to be in the middle of the bell curve or below.
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    Re: Tradeoff: $ spent on scouting & player development vs. salaries and other expense

    Quote Originally Posted by Stingray View Post
    I'd increase the former amount to whatever level permits hiring those at the peak of the "bell curve"Ö
    By most accounts, we had one of those guys in Johnny Almarez, before Wayne ran him off, FWIW.
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