Posted by pirateswin2 on 8/7/2010 8:48:00 PM (view original):
the way it is now if you had a high payroll with low scouting ( under 10) it might take 3 seasons to start scouting the draft properly and then another 3-4 years to start seeing any of those players in the majors, and then another 3-4 years to start getting any kind of core group together out of those drafts, to rebuild a high payroll team your looking at 10 seasons before things start running smoothly, thats roughly 10 season before you can start winning again, alot easier to bail and start over somewhere else, adjusting how much you can adjust scouting might help some oners stick with franchises, maybe make it 6-7 mil swings in scouting
Even if your scouting is 0 across the board due to a stacked team that's focusing on the present, you should have at least a 2 season heads-up of when rebuilding time is going to begin. Now, in your second to last "playing for the trophy" season, you up to 4, then 8, and then by the time you're in rebuild mode you're at 12 which is plenty adequate. It just takes a tiny bit of foresight. And if you hang tight at 2's or 3's rather than 0's, those 12's become 14's and 15's... well above average.
The way it's set up rewards you for good planning and adds many levels of strategy. It also prevents there being too many 20's which would be terribly dull and annoying. Imagine if every year that someone was picking in the top 10, they pushed their HS and Coll scouting to 20. I'm not saying that it would definitely happen to that extent, but it would not be at all surprising to me if 7 of those 10 were at 20/20 (or thereabout) in a restriction-free universe. The way it is now, only team's that were at 16+ the previous season are able to go 20, and furthermore, you have to think twice as you are basically committing to having at least a combined 32M in HS/Coll the FOLLOWING season.
Also if you choose to follow that path with the current system, you know that you are at least assured SOME amount of advantage for it, as you will be one of very few teams that has gone max. Now, perhaps your #12 pick is likely to be as strong as the #7 or 8 pick of the guy who is sitting at 12 in scouting. How boring would it be to have to go 20/20 just to avoid being at a DISadvantage?
As far as INT scouting it's pretty much the same idea but two-fold. If I anticipate a couple of seasons where I'll have some extra cash to go after the top internationals, I need to plan carefully for it. Otherwise, I'd throw 15-20 into INT whenever I need to and the rest of the time, when I'm going high salary and/or I'd rather blow my cash on older "put me over the top" guys, I have no reason whatsoever to keep my int scouting at anywhere other than 0. End result: You would see a good deal of teams with 0 budgeted here with the rest budgeting 15-20 and absolutely no good reason to go anywhere in-between.
As far as ADV scouting, I'm sure all of you realize why it would be an absolutely horrid idea to go 20 to 0 in one season.
And this is exactly why it is how it is.