Every year, the same teams are in the mix for the guys we want. Every year those teams, despite developing their own guys, always have the prospects to land the Darvishes, Grays, etc.
The idea that M's never have the assets to do this, or that their #3 ia always #18 in other orgs can't be true. Unless they are so historically bad at developing guys or hitting on some good players in the draft or IFA, as James says, all orgs have great players in their systems. All of them.
In hindisght it may turn out great that Marco and Erasmo are the guys we got and we get to keep our prizes. I'm okay with that line of reasoning in a single season vaccuum. But in the M's long history, despite DiPoto's talent and vision, they still appear to be content to 'hope for the best'. They are admittedly closer to carrying a winnning mission and going after a pennant, but as long as they let the very teams they're competing with lap them in July, they're still looking in from outside hoping to catch a few breaks.
Catching a few breaks has never been a big part of things here unfortunately.
...Mildly disgusted. If only because it was the Yankees and Dodgers, and because it feels like Monopoly with those teams starting the game with the greens and blues and getting $1000 for passing Go, while we get $200.
Why the NFL, despite some of its issues, remains a far more interesting competition than baseball for me. Even though as a sport and game concept, I still love baseball as a game. Just not as fair competition. It is far from that.