Originally Posted by robert70x7
Another reason why the Athletics aren't what they should be is because they are unable to draft the top flight prospects that require huge signing bonuses in the slots that their draft picks normally fall in. They have to reach for a majority of their first round picks just so they can sign someone.
Well, yes, and no. The Astros were in the same mindset under McClane but it really is a choice. Other small market teams like Pittsburgh made a conscious decision to pay extra for picks (thereby running with even lower payrolls) in order to guarantee a constant supply of young minor leaguers to replace the vets they lose to FA. It's a very imperfect strategy that may have seen its best days with the new restrictions on signing bonuses but when you're a small market team you are constantly picking your poison.