What if the Marlins are Brilliant?
I know there's another thread discussion how the Marlins may be employing an unorthodox strategy that could still result in economic profit, but I'm wondering if this unorthodox strategy could be part of a long-term plan for winning in cycles. Isn't this a reasonable plan?(it's a cycle, so step 1 = step 5):
1. Win the World Series (or at least be really good)
2. Trade anyone making any money for top prospects
3. Wait a couple years for the top propects (and other drafted prospects) to form a solid core
4. Supplement the solid core by signing some top dollar free agents
5. Win the World Series (or at least be really good)
It seems to me that what I've outlined is really a simplified rebuilding strategy that any smaller market team follows, but the Marlins are just more extreme, expecially in steps 2 and 4. There's pretty much no chance of stringing together division championships like the Twins did in the 00s, but it does give you a real shot at the World Series every five years or so.
I recognize the Marlins just did step 2 without doing step1, but you've got to expect that the cycle won't always work.