Of course you aren't blocking your #1 and #2 pitching prospect. Which isn't even close to what I said.
Hard to know why I bother, but the argument was why Pelfrey would leave the big market and big opportunity on a team in desperate need of pitching. News flash, guys who get non-tendered often re-sign with their old clubs, sometimes at a discount. The Mets chose to pursue Marcum and decline on Pelfrey, the Twins chose to pursue Pelfrey and decline on Marcum, both signed at the same base salary, First year after TJ historical results suggests the Twins, with their 1-year deal with no team option on year 2, took on more risk than the Mets. It's really not hard to ascertain which team played the odds for success out of their deals better.
Mea Culpa on the TJ date, too many google searches for TJ dates for prospective Twins pitchers this offseason. ;)
That still leaves it likely that Pelfrey is unable to start out in the rotation and puts a big question mark about when he might regain his career-level of effectiveness.
"Endorsement opportunites". Yes I have seen some commercials for Mauer, for Jeter, and for some retired players (Hernandez and R. Johnson) but I really can't think of any others. Plus, all of these guys were from the "top-of-the-mountain" so to speak. Locally, Hrbek did one-or-two commercials, but that's it. When I think of "endorsements" I think of shoes, clothes, golf clubs, cars--deals that pay hundreds of thousands or millions per year, not standing next to Joe of Joe Schmo's Heating and Cooling. I really don't think baseball players cash-in on this stuff much--especially compared to the other sports.
Of course there are always exceptions, who can forget Palmiero's infamous "Works for me" quote, while plugging Viagara (although now we know why it had to), and of course one of the most famous endorsements of all time when Pete Rose was robbed of a sure HR off a 12 year old, by none other than the jug of Kool-Aid guy......what a catch!!!
Here's an article from a few year's back that pretty much supports what you're saying. It's an odd phenomenon.
SportsBiz: Why advertisers shun baseball - Business - Sports Biz | NBC News
I said the Twins don't jettison arms. If you have guys like Deduno, Walters, etc. are taking up a roster spot at AAA they obviously are taking a spot that could be used for a younger player to try his hand.
Over half of the starters at Rochester last year were 27 or older. For the most part these older arms don't have a revelation and start pitching well enough to earn a ML roster spot unless something like a bullpen switch happens. In general the Twins have been at the top for Minor League AB's and Minor League IP before promotion.
I'm sure the last year or two the lack of organizational depth has contributed to this but IMO it has been this way for 15 years.