....., is going to have to have a core made up of young cost controlled guys.
So that probably starts with sucking to get some high draft picks for the simple reason that we don't have ANY players that can be traded for top prospects.
So the best shot at getting a good core is going to be through the draft (and international signings perhaps).
Great. The Orioles had the most wins in the AL from 2012 to 2016 and didn't have that, but let's ignore that for a moment.
Nobody is pushing back on development of a younger, cost controlled core....but you (and others, I guess) seem to believe the only thing that can develop that core is a 1-1 pick.
Development of that core HAS to be more than 1-1 picks, right?
If you want to believe what Elias is saying (both frequently and recently) is that they have special insight (look at the last paragraph of the Givens-Mancini article) and they aren't really guessing about which guys will succeed, they know. It's why Mike says "it will be worth it", right? Becasue they have developed a special knowledge that far exceeds anything any other team can deliver on.
Follow the logic challenge here.
If the Orioles have special knowledge now and will hit on a much larger % of their draftees and they know which ones to get from other organizations....then we are so far beyond needing the value of a 1-1 pick it's not even fair. We're going to hit on a LOT of guys. We are pimping the special insight of the guys we got from the 2019 draft from the 4th, 8th and 14th round. We already drafted 13 largely 'better' guys from the last draft after Adley.
You aren't going to develop your core with just 1-1 picks. You have to win everywhere else too.
If you are going to win everywhere else, you can swamp the relevance of 1-1 picks.
So you either don't need the 1-1 picks or you don't have the confidence in what you say you are doing everywhere else.