I say the fix is in, because the Cardinals get poor-team perks, while not being remotely poor, or low budget.
I'm not at all questioning the benefits of the Cardinals philosophy and baseball-side talent, they've done an awesome job, but they definitely do benefit from baseball's small-market rules.
The Phillies have been incredibly stupid in losing so many draft picks to signing of QO players. It's worth it to sign a star FA, but the Phillies have lost too many draft picks by signing mediocre or even dreck QO FAs. That almost seems the Phillies way, as it goes back at least to the time we signed two relievers, including Cormier.
This is a part of the article that Arbuckle (and I) strongly agree with, and where the recent Phillies management has stunk:
"Scouting players and developing players are technically two different processes and two different departments of a front office. But with the most successful teams, they are one long swing. Mozeliak credits that handoff — “a really seamless process” — as a key reason for his team’s never-ending success."
That's one of the organizational qualities the Phillies have lost since the days of Arby.