Top farm system gets you what exactly? Having high end players 26-40 on the 40 man roster is critical, but won’t win a World Series.
“Blocking future stars” is just another way is saying that the prospects aren’t better than a decrepit washed up old has-beens.
Polanco and Buxton are fantastic examples of the old regime’s mismanagement of the farm. You’ve got 6 years to graduate a player to the bigs. Buxton is an example of getting promoted too quickly and trading away the incumbent before the heir apparent is ready. Polanco on the other was left too long in the rookie leagues, before he made it to double A, they had to add him to the 40 man and desperation put him on the active roster to sit and rot. Both put in terrible positions due to inadequate free agent signings.
Rather than spend the money for a replacement level player, Polanco languished on the bench.
I get trading big leaguers for pitching prospects but rather than spend the money on a good CF or 4th outfielder they were committed to Buxton flailing away in the bigs. We saw how Buxtons service time got mismanaged with the shenanigan Falvey pulled in Sept.
No, No, and No.