Kaplan goes into the reasons why the Fleita extension was a good one. Basically that Fleita is good and his connections in the Dominican are priceless. Interesting quote: One NL West executive told me this: "I wish I had an owner as committed as Tom Ricketts is. He spent $20 million on amateur signings and he is spending an unbelievable amount of money to build a state of the art academy in the Dominican Republic. We are all a little jealous of the commitment the Cubs have made to rebuild their organization." Many thanks to AceCubbie for doing the inital research on this.