I don't think anyone's arguing it's the only way to win. But having a pipeline of cost controlled young talent certainly makes it easier to consistently contend year to year. That is arguably the goal for most teams, no?There’s a lot of ways to win. We didn’t win in 2013 with young talent. We didn’t go to the ALCS in 2021 with young talent.
It’s great if you have cost controlled young talent. It can make roster flexibility a helluva lot easier. But it’s not the only way to win.