There comes a time when we must accept that this is what the market is, not 'silly money' but the actual market price. Not a criticism of you, just another example of the Phillies need to recalibrate their thinking.
Now AF may well be correct, or at least my perception of some of his views may be correct, that after home-grown the cheapest source of WAR may be older, but not ancient, mid-level FAs on 1 and 2 year deals That worked in 1993. My fear is that the 1993 team was a one-year wonder and that this may well be an inherent problem with this approach. I guess I also question how much of the budget should go to the bullpen.