With all that said, as it relates to the draft, when looking at the cumulative amount of over-slot money being demanded by the top picks and tough signs, it is a relative pittance. How much does the team have in its initial allocation of draft signing salaries, and how much over that figure would it take to add a few more of the tough signs? $4 million? In these days that's the price of 1, maybe 2 reclamation projects, and how likely is it that one of the guys they sign will produce at least as much as one of the reclamation projects (obviously not in the same year, but once a system like that is in place for a few years, everything will be caught up). And sometimes it might actually save some money. For example, if the team signed Grandahl last year, Scott Boras' bargaining position with Varitek might seem a little weaker than it's going to be, and at what cost? At worst, Grandahl would be a good defensive backup at a cost similar to what Doug Mirabelli made, but with a genuine upside. And how likely is it that the Sox would have been drafting this many catchers in 2008, hoping one might stick? I doubt the team needs to resort to its Ace Tickets connection and in fact further shrink the normally available supply of tickets to accomplish this, and even if they did, then fine, but let's call it what it is.
I'm not going to go further down the prices line. I have my opinion anyone can have their own.
I think this is abit unfair on our system catchers. Brown is a glove first catcher who is starting to produce good numbers, that is far more relevant to the likes of Boras and Tek as he's in AAA and ready than a young project in the low minors. The system actually has a number of potentially interesting catchers, Still, Wagner, Brown, Kotteras and Exposito is a pretty big bunch of possible catching propects. Teams always draft a lot of catchers as you need 2 per team every year, and it's such a position of need for the majors.
That said your general point is very valid, flexability and depth come from the minors. What the minors for the Sox need to do though is produce, via trade or their own talent, real stars. Those MAINLY come from high rated top tier talent, and those top talents who are available at a resonable price don't fall to the Sox. You'll make more money in the long term by having a GREAT farm system than just about any other method of aquiring talent.