...then more power to you for being able to make the judgement call that the prices for any moves were too high. Maybe it's a good thing that all these young pitchers are getting a little trial by fire. I remain hopeful for this year, but will not be crushed if they fail to make the playoffs.
there must be a game plan beyond "we're going all the way this year...or bust." it's a balancing act every front office deals with.
detroit is an example of a team that stuck with kids who have had to learn the game at this level, and they got beat up bad for a few years doing it, but i think it's safe to say now, whether or not they Go All The Way, that the wait, while painful, is panning out.
this has nothing to do with sox v. yankees; every franchise has to make the call when it comes to getting a big-name player who'll put up numbers now, for big bucks, for "no-name" prospects who may not amount to much...or make good later at your expense.
that's why there some scouts, whose names you'll never hear, are so valued, and why it's hard to be a competitive team year in and year out.
(having money to throw around helps.)
that's why organizations like oakland and minnesota are so impressive, despite the lack of recent championships. they have to use smoke and mirrors and their farm system and be very picky about who they give the large money to.
though the twins might look at david ortiz and heave up a collective wince at one that got away.
every team makes its blunders, every team scores its coups; keeping the screw-ups to a minimum and being patient with the diamonds until they're polished enough to contribute is a start toward "success."