Originally Posted by doublem23
LOL, what, the Giants, winners of 2 of the last 3 World Series have shown that teams can easily successfully build both internally and externally. In fact, just glossing at the standings, I would bet that every top team right now is some kind of mashup between good draft picks and good FA signings. To think it can be done all within one way is just perposterous.
Correct. It's becoming the norm to have a nice mixture of homegrown cost controlled talent augmented by smart free agent signings. It's not either or, it's the right combination of both. Much has to do with the timing, state of the minors, the free agent landscape, and what kind of core you have.
With Detroit's window wide open currently it would behoove the Sox to sit back, build up the minors a bit and wait patiently for there own opportunity. As much as everyone would like to competitive each and every year it's not always feasible.