there has always been free agents, and there has always been trades.
Until 1975, the rights of a player remained with the team, even after his contract expired. Marvin Miller worked with the Major League Players Association to challenge what is known as "the reserve clause." http://en.wikipedia..../Reserve_clause
So, to say that "there have (sic) always have been free agents..." is only partially true. The "freedom" of a free agent was retained by the parent club until 1975. The collusion of the owners depressed the market for free agents. The rise of player agents in the late 70's and 80's further strengthened the bargaining power of labor--the players.
Indeed, the "build from within" model was much more in force before 1975. I would suspect that there were some teams that were built entirely
from within--especially before 1975, but I have neither the energy nor desire to do that research.
(Postscript, Chief: In post #30, above, you contend that I want the Twins to build entirely
from within, and then sign free agents and trade for players. I never said that. Your quote: "If you are asking the team to wait until they are in contention before they make a trade, and/or add free agents, then that is precisely what you are saying: build a contender entirely from within, and then
add to it. " Your analysis lacks precision. I agreed, earlier in the same post, that the Twins made the right strategic decision by aggressively signing two free agent pitchers in the earliest phases of this past offseason. It was a good move, a regrettably necessary move, only because the Twins have failed to develop and retain quality starting pitchers, from within
Edited by Don't Feed the Greed Guy, 23 January 2014 - 10:02 AM.