They acknowledged something in regards to this back in 2007? Do you have a cite?
What exactly highlighted this problem to them, considering it was the same people in charge at that time (and basically the same people principally in charge today)?
The "above average" international budget for academies and scouting, while nice, is irrelevant to actually competing for and signing elite level talent.
Outside of Sano, I see no real evidence they pursued a different class of player in the amateur markets from 2007-2011 (before the draft/international spending caps were put in place). Someone mentioned Kepler, but his bonus was only $800k and the Twins have never had a problem in markets with little competition (Australia and Europe).
Sorry, no cite for you, but I'm sure if you wanted to get to the truth of it you could. My first conversation on the topic and most thereafter, were with Ryan's predecessor, who was and is a personal acquaintance, and it was towards the end of his tenure that the problem was "highlighted". From what I was told, with abundant humor, it took a lot of convincing to get the Old Man to pony up, and it probably wouldn't have happened if his boys didn't help the baseball people gang up on him. I recall there were some short articles about what they were up to. The beat writers with access back then were a very weak lot, led by Sir Sid, so not much was written. But it was a big deal, a watershed change, in the organization.
There were probably only paltry signs of improvement in results in the first few years. They expected this to be the case as scouts made connections, reputation got built, etc. And sure, they had decided back then to avoid Japan, which was the hotbed for stupid spending for awhile, and instead established a beachhead in Australia. You seem to want to criticize them for that. Why? And for employing more assets than any other club on Europe as well and paying a record amount to a European kid? Why focus on the fact that the bonus was a mere $800k? What is that supposed to tell us?
And why is spending on infrastructure and scouting talent and travel budgets and the like irrelevant? That's a nonsensical and misguided opinion in my view. These foreign kids are still controlled by their sponsors, and while things are changing, up until now having those competent and connected scouts in place to nurture and manage relationships and maintain a visible presence has been extremely relevant. Your best prospects aren't coming from BA's list, you know. There 's no draft order here. Whether BA ranks them or misses on them or doesn't know they exist (the most probable thing), they're being scouted and approached by many teams. They're being courted by teams for years in many cases.
And exactly what do you mean by a "different class of player"? Exactly what class are Arcia, Pinto, Santana, Sano, Rosario, Vargas, Polanco, Kepler, Jorge, Thorpe, Minier, Diaz, Romero, Rosario, Landa, Beresford, Vielma, Ortiz, Ramirez, and Hu in? Can you name me three teams in all of baseball with a clearly superior talent pool of foreign prospects than these 20 guys?
Edited by birdwatcher, 26 August 2014 - 01:50 PM.