CC was developed by the Indians, not the Brewers. If anyone should be complaining, it should be Cleveland fans. Small market teams get luxury tax money and comp picks, if they choose to re-invest in their teams, they can and do. Some owners just don't want to spend the money. As a longtime Boston Bruins fan, I know all about the worst offenders, big market owners that won't spend to improve their teams. IMO, small market owners who won't spend are just as bad, as they take the lux tax money and pocket it, and often don't sign draft picks.
I disagree with the Yankees style (as it has not resulted in success), but if they are willing to spend the money, let them shoot themselves in the foot. The successful franchises blend FA acquisitions, trades and development. Scouting and player development are at an alltime high in baseball, and more teams have a shot at the title today than ever before. A 162 game sked plus the wild card means that lots of teams are in pennant races and small markets get into the playoffs every year. If you can't get excited about that, I'm not sure what else can be done.
If I were a Brewers fan, I would be disappointed in my owners. They know what they need to do, and even with a salary cap, they wouldn't be doing it. Melvin is a great executive, but he doesn't hold the pursestrings. Sports ownership in this day and age is about money (it really always has been), and spending is part of success. Like I said in an earlier post, Footie fans don't whine when Real Madrid signs Beckham for a gazillion euros, its just the nature of sport.
Btw, that Expos team was amazing. I saw the Giants play the Expos in Montreal a few years ago and they honored Felipe Alou with a ceremony on the field, it was pretty cool. I think Bonds got plunked that night too...