So the Cubs have to produce a top 10 pitcher in all of baseball, another AS quality pitcher, 2-3 AS positional talents, 3 more above league average, a league average 5th, a bullpen, AND a top tier farm system before FA spending? Sounds realistic.
I'd say a major league core of a good to excellent team would include 2-3 All Star position player types, 3 more guys that are better than leahue average and 2 guys that basically are league average. Pitching? I'd want a legit ace(top 10 pitcher in baseball), another SP thats an AS as often as not, 2 solid workhorse types that slot in as 3's on the BA pitching scale, and a league average 5th, with a decent depth guy at 6, and a rookie that you don't think gets shelled at 7, if he gets thrown into the mix. Hard throwing bullpen arms throughout. With a system that sits in the top 10-12, thats neither top or bottom heavy, where each affiliate has solid prospects at it. Age-wise? The average age of yhe major league squad is 27.
Who is anyone?
I don't think anyone is looking at 2014 as a playoff season.
Then you're being incredibly short sighted.
Nor do I see why FA has to be where positive additions have to come from.
Signings FAs wouldn't stop this.
Personally, I think we'll make a trade or two that bring in good, young major leaguers next offseason.
But they'll make the playoffs 8 out of 10 years? All purely on the basis of their farm system? Hmmk, again I see no reason why this is realistic. What decade of baseball are you working in here, the 1920's?
We're not going to see some bigtime splurge in FA like 2006 ever out of this group.
Who are these guys that "project that way?" Let me guess - only if they come at an arbitrary standard of cheap?
Maybe instead of that, 2 guys like Edwin Jackson, Nick Swisher?(not them, but guys that project that way in 2014 or 15).
Luckily with the Cubs in a very recent season, and one more than Jeff Samardzija.
Matt Garza has one season above 3.1 fWAR in seven tries.
27-29 was never easy to find in FA, especially of high quality talent.
The FA landscape has changed quite a bit over the last few years. Instead of a fair amount of 27-29 year olds, its turned to 31-34 year olds. It's not the same, harder to navigate now.
Not if they actually work on dual fronts, as we were told they would.
And again, the guys that are available in FA this year, other than Hamilton or Greinke, are there every year and aren't putting you in the playoffs immediately unless you spend 75 mill in an offseason. Which likely puts you right back to being the 2009 Cubs, after a couple of decent years.