Yes, but unfortunately it seems more likely that we are once again a .500-.520 team that is a neutral at the trade deadline and neither buy nor sell. Adding that to a terrible farm system and you have a recipe for the START of a rebuild.
We cashed in our rebuild last offseason, traded away our best prospects from the previous offseason (although they all looked like the shine was off them) and got some “soon to be paid” players.
Now we have 3 above average players (Harper, Nola and Realmuto) who are in their prime and a bunch of OK prices around them, a below average pitching staff and only really one young player to be excited about (Kingery, who frankly, may only be average) and 2 guys in the minors and almost nothing behind them. I am not even sure we are a .500 team in 2-3 years.
This might go down as the worst 7 year rebuild ever. We built from 5th place to 4th In a 5 team division.
I am guessing a Klentak will hold on to his job one more offseason, he did after all sign Harper and acquired 4 All Stars in one offseason, but the results on the field have been uninspiring. It really isn’t clear what the problem is (poor drafting, horrendous international recruiting, bad injury luck)?