Wait, we're saying we should have made that trade? I mean, Puig is a big talent but he's only got one year left on his deal and is not w/o issues. Wood would have been okay of course. I'm not giving up prospects and taking back Kemp though.
Way too early to pronounce anything. Or even blame the front office for media reports saying they wanted Miller badly. Obviously not! So far they have not "missed" on anyone, they chose McCutchen over Brantley and they did not go to the wall for the LHPs but that was also a choice. I'm still okay with that, for now. I'm also okay with missing out on a 34 year-old reliever (Wagner and Pap were both 31 when we got them).
And they've still replaced 25% of the line-up already.
The real issue, to me, is not that we're desperate for Machado or Harper per se, but that the rest of what we already had is so underwhelming. Nobody actually wants to rely on Franco or Nick Williams. Herrera and Hernandez are still unpredictable. If two of those four players were actual everyday consistent all-stars the need would not be so acute. But there's no way they don't know this. Especially since there's no one like what the Braves and Mets have on the way.