Now that he's called up, what do you think his value is? I drafted him low, but was forced to give him up due to necessary roster moves about a week before he was called up (at the time the vibe was he wasn't doing so well and wouldn't be up until he got 300 minor league ABs). Now the team that vultured him is trying to trade him back to me, first offering me Harper for Tulo and then offering me Harper for J. Upton. Yeah, that's not flying, but what caliber of player would you trade for him? Obviously, his value on draft day was low partially because of the uncertainty of when he'd be called up.
But if you want to look at it differently, you can't measure the construction of a team by one offseason. For a team like the Cardinals, you measure it over several years of player development. And right now, those dividends are paying off like a mofo.