In response to Alibiike's comment:
My question in all this is, what is the goal if not to win a chanpionship? You can't depend on prospects that may or may not pan out in the future. Trying to limit signings to 2 or 3 years nets you the kind of players we got, guys who are just not impact players.
Like I said before, either play the kids now or trade them for some stars who can win a championship. And completely revamp the SP. If anyone thinks the 5 we have now will win 70-75 games, there better be a whole lot run support.
its not depending on prospects. its buying them time. no one will dispute that most of our prospects will not pan out. but we now have a 2-3 year window to allow them the best chance to get all the time and experience needed to suceed and be ready to make an instant impact. something they can/will not do if you started them now. say from our top prospects only MB, XB and at least 1 sleeper prospect who turns into a quality ML player. all will be ready in 3 years when our recent FA aquisitions come off the books. that leaves us a large chunk of money to spend when our new crop comes up. meaning we will have cash flow to fill the holes our prospects were expected to take over.
for example. many are touting JBJ as our CF'er of the future, he is likely 2 1/2 - 3 years away (i see him as a mid-endseason call up in the 2014 season at the earliest). if he doesn't pan out we will know for sure by the time SV's contract runs out and can use that money to fill the spot JBJ was expected to cover.
face it, doing nothing and just bringing up the kids will not help us and in fact, hurt us. by wasting our top prospects service time by letting them hone their skills in the majors instead of the minor leagues like every other prospect in a big market system. by the time we are actually ready to contend on a serious level they will be gone or soon-to-be gone. with BCs plan we are buying them time to develop while putting a competitive team on the field and establishing a good culture that will hopefully be enstilled into our upcoming players.