It's all related.
When most fans think about what their favorite team spends, they think about the money being paid to the players they know, and nothing else.
I'm not saying that's wrong. It make sense.
When DeWitt speaks about what his team spends, he sees a bunch of silos.
Payroll is one of them. Player development is one of them. The international market is one of them. Ballpark development is one of them.
We see these viewpoints clash sometimes, perhaps most often at the trade deadline.
Fans tend to focus on moves that are not made in one silo.
DeWitt and his front office are weighing a move made in that silo with how it can affect all of the other silos.
The Cardinals are not a win-or-bust franchise. They're a sustained success franchise. They're not going to apologize for that approach. It has rewarded this ownership group.
When DeWitt speaks about money coming in and out, he's thinking about a big picture, and he's not wrong in saying that it's a false assumption that there is this big vault at Busch full of cash.
But if he's going to talk about this inside-baseball breakdown of team finances, especially during a pandemic, he should recognize that the value of the franchise has increased dramatically over the time he has owned the team.