There is a gap up the middle. I don't have a strong SS and the only players available will be overpays for washed up old veterans. I don't want to pay Brendan Ryan 10 million over 2 years. Overpaying for Cano was a way to help my team get to that next level. It cost me a 2nd round pick and over a million in draft spending but I'll work on that. I have a plan. Considering this isn't in reality and trading isn't an option right now (I'm working on a system for that), signing Cano seems like the best way to get to a competive level.
The way I'm building this has flaws. Cano helps take away one flaw. I expect to get my future middle of the field talent from latin america and they take a long time to get to the majors. I didn't start signing latin american players until 2010. The earliest I can expect them to help is 2015 and that may be pushing it.
Many of my best prospects are getting near the majors for my first wave of impact. I have the first pick in 2014, likely Carlos Rodon and that will help solidify the already strong young rotation. I have a lot of help that is near MLB ready and will be very cheap for a few years, so it's time to move this process forward.
I started with a blank slate. I had the idea to overspend before the CBA kicked in. I overspent a ton in the last two years that I could. I figure it would have cost 103 million in draft spending since 2008 as well as another 20 on international spending. The farm will pay that back with ease. I am confident in that. At this rate, that is about 25 WAR.
Many said this scenario is unrealistic. It is not unrealistic, it's overly aggressive and goes against conventional thinking. That's what I do. That's what the best often do. It was fully possible at the time, just very risky. I trusted my talent evaluation ability. I want this to be a dynasty and I plan for it to become one. Houston could support one and this is "year four." It's time to kick it up a notch. My goal was to fully compete in year five.
I know that I would have angered other teams, owners and the commisioner doing this. Fighting the pull of the current is never hard but those that ride along rarely ever get ahead. This was my identificaition of a flaw to exploit and this is how I exploited it. I intend to exploit another flaw this year and I will explain that when I do it.
Here is the current state of the system after free agent signings. It looks to be a near .500 team to me.
40 Man Roster
DH Jose Abreu
Start of season rotation
*Four spots on 40 man open. Likely to use two picks in Rule 5 draft if my targets are available.
Here is the entire system. MLB players in Italics. The prospects are in approximate order based on prospect value.