Houston is following the same plan as we are. Except with two exceptions. They cheat. They cheat by tanking, having a little league park, stealing signs, hitting batters, and going after the big money players other teams dont want. The nerds got out nerded on this one. They saw the pricetag on Verlander and balked. Houstons nerds did not like the pricetag ethier, but they found value in the fact that most teams were turning away from Verlander because of the salary. So they said forget the salary implications... what would be the best thing for our chances to win the world series right now and for the next few years? That made going after Verlander a good bet. Underdogs gotta cheat. Houston won because they are better cheaters. At least they arent roiding.