Cardinals were smart enough not to resign Pujols when he hit his 30’s knowing he would never be able to match the production from the first decade of his career.
With the way the Orioles have operated during the Angelos era they almost certainly resign a player of that caliber. It’s a mistake you can’t make when you’re not the Yankees or Dodgers.
The Cardinals usually avoid these kind of crippling moves and that keeps them competitive. With Elias hopefully we see that with the O’s.
On the contrary, it is completely true. The team will have ebbs and flows, based on random chance And misfortune such as is happening to Kjested right now, But if you avoid long-term contracts, all of which are stupid, trade your guys at peak value and restock the farm, and there’s no reason why you can’t continually be a positive team.
The Cardinals do it and they never have a single digit draft choice they always draft in the high teens, and yet they still have a good team over and over.
Going into 2009, Tillman was BA’s no. 22 prospect, Matusz no. 25, Arrieta no. 67. Britton wasn’t ranked yet but was no. 63 the next year. Brad Bergesen was the reigning Eastern League pitcher of the year. David Hernandez had led the league. In strikeouts. So, it was a more impressive group than your post suggests.