we've had so many top picks over the recent years because our major league club finished at the bottom or near it. signing picks is part of the job, but i'll give credit for them giving out bonuses to some of the sleeper picks.
but in no way, shape or form, should spending on the farm system give the lerners a pass from spending on the major league roster.
it's just a damn shame they haven't woke up and smelled the coffee. maybe they have they just like keeping their money.
I'm on the less cynical side of this. I think the Lerners believed Bowden when he said he could field a competitive team on the cheap. Between Bowden and the snake oil salesman Kasten, I feel they got an assload of bad advice. Of course, they chose to follow that bad advice so they're culpable and ultimately responsible for this team losing more games in three years than any other team in the history of the world. That situation was inexcusable and they're responsible for that.
But I'm hopeful they've learned and will spend on payroll when the time comes. I'm not so concerned with payroll now, but when it comes time to extend Zim, Zim2, Strasburg, Harper, etc., that's when they'll really have to pony up. Can only wait and see at this point.
When push comes to shove, I hope they prove people wrong.