Wouldn't that be quite a sign of a cohesive organization? The GM and manager plotting to undermine ownership. That type of dysfunction leads to a GM resigning in disgrace, a team president walking away and taking pot shots at his old club, and a manager quiting on a winning team.
You're right - if ownership is dead set on maintaining a $60 or $70 mil payroll, we're pretty much screwed.
Good GM's won't want to work here. Good managers and players won't come here. We can probably get by on the strength of the farm and the young players in the system for a while, but with the changes to the draft, it won't last very long and there is a ceiling on how high that can take you.