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With MLB’s national media rights revenues part of the league’s central funds that are distributed evenly to all 30 clubs, each one will see $50 million annually, or an additional $26.28 million each year over the $23.72 million they now see. That could give each club the ability to be competitive for a star-caliber free agent, and then some.
This will only help the Lerners help themselves to more money.
Our payroll right now is a tick under $100 million. What's wrong with that?
Did the years of skimping on the payroll and basking in the profits of a easy revenue stream never happen?
Did the sucking that happened as a result of that not get us Harper and Strasburg?
One more win and we end up with Dustin Ackley.Lucking into two generational talents does not excuse what occurred. It was never their plan to suck into getting the best pitcher of his generation and the best hitter of his generation. It luckily just played out that way.
People worry too much about payroll anyway.
Now you're changing your argument.
Actually the Lerners have said publicly that they weren't going to spend money on the majors until they fixed the farm and that that was the plan all along. They knew it had to get worse before it would get better.
They also knew that a fat high school kid that went undrafted would magically turn into the best pitching prospect in history... and would be available for them to draft #1? And if that's the case... why didn't they do more to assure that they ended up with the #1 pick... and not have to luck into the Mariners winning their last three games to get the pick?
That is hardly the point. The point is that the worst case scenario for a baseball franchise is a bad team AND a bad farm. So they chose to fix the farm first to create a solid base so that when they did fix the major league product it would be sustainable instead of buying a few high-priced veterans and killing the farm system to create a very short window (see Philadelphia Phillies).
The Phillies have had a winning record for the past nine seasons.
And the future couldn't be darker because of their recent decision making.
Seriously just look at their top 10 prospects list. It's embarrassing. It's incredible how screwed they are when their high-priced major league stars falter.Philadelphia Phillies1. RHP Trevor May2. LHP Jesse Biddle3. C Sebastian Valle4. RHP Jonathan Pettibone5. RHP Phillippe Aumont6. SS Freddy Galvis7. RHP Justin DeFratus8. RHP Brody Colvin9. OF Jiwan James10. 3B Maikel Franco
Your definition of short window and my definition are quite different.And once again... you've attempted to shift the topic after I've proven your argument null and void.
Just because something was built the right way doesn't mean it can't be dismantled by bad decision making. Look at how badly the Phillies have butchered their farm system and turned what looked like a very long sustainable future just a couple of years ago into a disaster in the making in short order. The point isn't what they did in the past. They built that the same way the Nationals did. By sucking. But they didn't sustain it and now have a short window moving forward. Don't see how that argument is null and void but I do see that it may be too nuanced for you
Answer the question... do you consider nine straight winning seasons and five straight playoff runs with one WS title a short window?
Not at all. They had a good run and had everything in place to sustain it well into the future as well. But instead of keeping the farm system loaded they emptied it and now have a much darker future than most would have predicted just two years ago.
My point isn't about their window in the 2000s. That has nothing to do with it. My point is that because they let their farm system get so weak their success is unsustainable now in the 2010s because of their own self-mutilation. If the Nationals hadn't strengthened the farm system first and instead just invested in veteran major league talent they would be in the same boat as the current Philadelphia Phillies.
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