Originally Posted by X-Terminator
Dude, the farm system was an absolute mess. No talent anywhere. That's why Nady and Bay had to be dealt for younger players, so they can start rebuilding it. Now that Bobby Nutjob opened his eyes - and his wallet - and put more money into the minor league system, signing good, young players from Latin America and drafting players based on talent rather than signability, they are starting to correct that. In fact, their draft was rated among the best this year. The only question, of course, is what happens if and when they finally reach their potential. Will they simply trade them off or will they keep them? The prez says they'll be kept. We'll see about that.
But they've continually traded good players for "farm" talent. Seems to me that new management has had plenty of opportunities since they've taken over to start a new "farm" system.
Maybe because I'm not in Pittsburgh, I don't get to hear what's truly going on with the team. However, I know that over the past 5 years they've dealt some key foundational players away for what seems like peanut shells.