So, I now understand our position in baseball. The Padres truly are a minor league team. Last year we dominated the minor leagues and recent moves have sent clear signs that we intend to keep dominating the minor leagues AT ALL LEVELS. We will have the best affiliates anywhere. We will break all minor league records, and our business model will focus on signing longterm TV deals to watch the Padres--deals that bring in big money, while building up our minor league affiliates. These affiliates, flush with cash from the major league team, will start a year after year after year winning streak never before seen. And indeed, as soon as a player gets good enough to play a year or two in the majors... BAM! traded for more minor league talent.
Sell high, buy low.... leverage your future potential for a high-priced gig somewhere else with a golden parachute.
This, quite frankly, is brilliant. This model, pioneered by Hoyer and now being perfected by Byrnes is absolute genius. By focusing on your minor league teams, and always building the better product for tomorrow, you cannot lose or fail today. Therefore, when you go forward (looking for your next job) you will point to the brilliant future that you have crafted for your current employer. And when you leave that employer for a bigger contract, any deficiencies or lack of progress towards that brilliant tomorrow will clearly be the fault of your successor, who will likewise blame the lack of tangible product on his predecessor... and so, he will stockpile talent for the future and paint an even brighter picture... looking for that ever larger and better contract on the horizon.
Anyways, I'll give Byrnes the benefit of the doubt for a little longer... but I really don't like this "rebuild 2.0 because we have a new GM". So, he better either throw Jed Hoyer under the bus or he better explain what his plan is. I wish I had some way to hold the man accountable.