Two B players do not equal the results or productivity of an A player.
Even for veteran leaders the allure of saving a few dollars in compensation to hire a long shot candidate versus paying the often painful salaries of top producers is a trap to often caught in.
In an era of ever increasing automation that make non-essential tasks far easier to absorb versus needing a second person finding an A player that can keep the strategy of the project or operation intact is vital.
Interesting enough this doesn't necessarily mean the most experienced. Personally I would hire a less experienced candidate with clear hunger and drive over a candidate that is solely relying on past experience.
Of course if you find the candidate with drive & experience (which will cost the most) that is when you can see 7-10x return compared to their cheaper counterparts.