September 17, 2021

Gammons: With a focus on development, the Marlins are attempting to ‘mold into something we believe in’ (The Athletic)

As the baseball world heads to San Diego for their annual Winter Meetings next weekend, the most-asked question will be “Why is it I don’t live here?” followed by “How long do Black Friday prices on free agents and tradeable players last?” before a half-dozen teams begin discussing the names Gerrit Cole, Steven Strasburg and Anthony Rendon.

Rob Manfred and many others who wish for an industry-wide leveled field will discuss a way that the current 10/10/10 reality — 10 teams can, most years, play in the Boras Corporation end of the pool; 10 play in the middle; 10 feel they have to remain in the shallow end — can give the Royals and Pirates, Athletics and Orioles a chance to rebuild through the free-agent market.

But the reality is that for about 60 percent of teams these days, free agents aren’t building tools, they’re finishing tools. San Diego, for instance, laid the foundation of a large, skilled minor-league system, then invested $48 million in…

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