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Old 07-05-2013, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by SCCWS View Post
As a longtime White Sox fan stuck in Red Sox territory, I caution your knocking Theo. The Red Sox have had a terrific farm system for the last 10 years. They have turned out plenty of high quality players on their roster as well as those they used for trade bait. Their rapid turn around this year includes several rookies who have made solid contributions. Hopefully Hahn will do the same for our farm system.
Originally Posted by rdivaldi View Post
Yes, but let's not pat Theo on the back too hard for that farm system. The Red Sox basically cheated the system for most of those years by offering big signing bonuses to players not drafted in the first round and giving in to ridiculous demands by scummy agents such as Borass.
Theo inherited that farm system. He has not had any experience of tearing down a crap team to build it up with prospects, one brick at a time. rdivaldi is right, Theo used the bottomless checkbook to draft out of slot and pick up (or retain, as the case may be) free agents to keep the Red Sox relevant. However, the new CBA guts the slotting system that wealthy teams like the Red Sox exploited. Now Theo is exploiting the ability to accumulate international signing slots. However, as we have seen over the years, international signings are less of a sure thing than domestic signing because there is less scouting information available.

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