Do you think that Jocketty's way of "calling shots" would work in today's market? He hasn't "outsmarted" the other GM's for a few years now. The days of being able to con another team into giving up McGwire and Edmonds for chump change seem to be gone.
Sure, I think it would. There will be small market teams teams willing to unload expensive salaries, they just don't have the pieces to get them.
Jocketty needs a successful farm system in a similar manner as Cashman does with the Yankees. Get a bluechip prospect every couple of years (Morris, Ankiel, Drew, Pujols, etc.) keep them as part of the core and use the secondary prospects to acquire established and expensive ready made players like Smith and Polanco for Rolen.
It won't work without a farm system, though, and that's what has hurt the Cards.
UK - do you have an opinion on Mozeliak and whether he will throw his hat in the ring? Be considered a serious candidate? Fits in with the build from within philosophy?
Also, who do you think from outside the organization would be a good GM match for what DeWitt is trying to do?
I don't know enough about Mozeliak to comment either way, it's a luxury to have an in-house candidate as you know his work ethic, his instincts, his ability to learn, and his ability to work with others moreso than from a second hand source. If he's being considered, it would tell you something about those qualities and hopefully he's not a 100% yes man, if the btm line is clouded by penny saving rather than strictly baseball.
Meph will disagree with me, but I think Logan White of the Dodgers is the best GM available, but as he mentioned Antonetti would be a good choice as well. Just hope he would be aggressive with high ceiling & likely unsignable at slot high school players (especially on the mound).