This is a good retelling of how we got here, and it has developed over the past six, even, 10 years as the theme of the Cardinals. The deals that Jocketty made for McGwire, etc., weren't happening at all there not too long ago, and we only see them rarely now. Teams do keep their young talent. Teams do have a lot of money. So much money. So, the Cardinals have found their next market inefficiency in development. Cannot say that enough. They have long seen their ability to develop players -- especially pitchers -- as an edge that they have and that only recently has gotten a lot of attention from other teams. Heck, back in 2014, The Post-Dispatch had a story about how the Cardinals develop pitchers, and a scout with another team said every team should copy what they do.
That scout then told me to put his name on the quote. He wanted his team to read him saying that.
This is still an area where the Cardinals feel they have an edge, and that edge can be depth that they use in the majors or give them depth to make trades. Look at the moves for Goldschmidt and Ozuna. There were elements of those deals that were based on development. Alcantara and Gallen, for example, and then over in Arizona there's Carson Kelly, who was converted to catcher by the Cardinals. You get the idea. They see pitching as the currency of the realm and a large quantity of pitching as the coal to fuel an engine of contention. That's being tested this year. I'll say again: Quantity is fine. Quality is better.