I'm interested in seeing if the coaching changes at both the major and minor league level pay off.
It seemed the ML pitchers collectively took a step backward last year.
And they've been making major changes at the minor league level for 2-3 years, but you'd expect a lag before a critical mass was reached and had an impact.
The prospects trades really aren't a big deal, Alfaro, Crawford haven't shown enough to think they'll ever contribute as much as Realmuto and Segura, Sanchez maybe, but the same with Howard. The real problem is they haven't drafted/Int'l signed difference makers for an entire decade outside of Nola.
So the real hope is that they can improve the development process, turn players like Eflin, Pivetta, Velasquez into middle of the rotation starters, Howard, Seabold, Medina etc., develop some RPs and turn players like Stott, Simmons, Baylor, Moniak, et al into ML starters. You don't have to hit on the majority, but you do have to hit on more than one a year.