Lets look at Dan Smiths 2020 roster:
LF Bradley Jones: played 'A' last year. Came from sports reach this year and the rules are written to protect sports reach so they could keep Jones. They decided to release him.
CF Dunn (played Major with Dan Smith last year.
RF Collins (played Major with Dan Smith last year.
C Harvey - Free Agent
P Purcell - Free Agent
1B Matusik (played Major with Dan Smith last year.
2B Marshburn - Played AA last year
MI Reyna - Free Agent
SS Bennett (played Major with Dan Smith last year.
3B Matte - played AA last year
So they have 4 players return from their Major World Series Championship in 2019 where they were the #3 seed. They picked up 2 guys from AA, 1 from A, and signed 3 free agents from the folded TDB team.
Couldn't another team have picked up the 7 players they dropped from their major world series winning team and added 4 elite players and been right there competing in 2020?
Maybe Dan Smith just deserves credit for picking up good young players. I know I ranked them 2nd preseason as did the majority on oldscout.
The Major division is an open division. There are no "rules that favor Dan Smith and Resmondo" because its open, anyone can have anyone that is available to be picked up.
And the conference actually works for all teams. Because nobody in AA wants those elite players in AA. I have heard AA teams say that Anarchy, Precision, and Bay Area are Major teams. Could you imagine if more elite players were in AA? These teams would be complaining even more.