Full quote is considerably different.
"Whatever happens in the offseason is going to be forgotten on May 15, and the only thing that is going to matter is wins and losses," MacPhail said. "You can have a great offseason, but if the wins and losses aren't there in May, you're in trouble. You can have what's not perceived to be an exciting offseason, but if the wins and losses are there in May, you're in good shape. That's what we have to keep in mind."
In other words if they sign Manny and play .400 baseball for six weeks fans are going to think Manny is overpaid and overrated and Klentak and Middleton are idiots. Or Kapler is. If they don't sign him and play .400 baseball, they will also think all those guys are idiots. But if they win...
As for the overall article, he's spinning the agents, not the fans, 'cause the fans aren't gonna buy it. But if it's true that the Dodgers only want to offer Harper a short deal and the Yankees don't want to give Machado a record-breaking deal, it's good spin.