So I am wondering what people think, here. The draft pick punishment feels like a pretty big deal to me. How are we fit to spend internationally the next couple years and will the team be more likely to deal a veteran, expensive asset to help restock the farm? Will it be worth going into an int’l money penalty to try and cushion the blow of the lost picks? (OTOH would that only be an option once, as the highest penalty is you-don’t-get-to-sign-internationally-the-next-year?)
In the report Manfred makes it clear that this punishment is not duckable by signing expensive free agents, a la what the Cards did the year they picked up Dexter Fowler instead of not getting a first round pick. We will lose two first round picks and two second round picks, no matter how long it takes to debit the account. That said, should draft class matter? i.e., if this year’s or next’s looks especially lousy or stocked should the Astros consider making a FA splash accordingly? (Not that we’d necessarily have the payroll flexibility.)
I am aggrieved that we’re not going to get to see how Luhnow was going to handle the twilight of this window. I was so excited to see how they planned to stay competitive year in and year out. I’m hoping the replacement GM is ultimately promoted from within, if not someone who is brought back into the organization who learned the Luhnow way. A little better PR and a little less bunker-mentality and we’re not in this boat right now.