I will log off now, and return later to read about others' views on your decision to defend Brandon Phillips based on gold gloves and All Star game apprearances.
I still think home grown Mattingly is more popular than say, Arod, even though he never won anything. Murcer too.
Being loaded and being able to do something with them, outside of listing them on YTE, is another matter.
I wonder if they are going to continue
Price actually has a better lifetime ERA plus than Sabathia, although CC had some higher ERA's when he was very young. However, Price had one higher
Brandon Phillips is a worse player than Brett Gardner? He has 4 gold gloves and 3 All Star game appearances vs 0 for Brett. Older yes, more expensive
Core 4 etc was great and it was fun, and added a nice conversation point. But really, all that counts is the hardware.