If Herrera and Franco hadn't gone belly up we'd be contenders, if either Pivetta or Velasquez stepped up, we'd be serious contenders, if Arano and SD were healthy with those other items we'd be ahead of the Braves. But those things didn't happen.
We need Bohm b/c we have a hole in the IF, once he arrives and Kingery moves to 2B, if Haseley is the player he looks to become (average fielding CF with shot at .800+ OPS) our lineup is set. If Cutch doesn't look to be 100% I'd resign Dickerson and let Cutch play part-time in 2020.
We have to extend Realmuto who is >> Alfaro. Which is why he cost Sixto.
Segura is a placeholder for Stott/Simmons/Garcia - if the kids are for real, they'll shoot up the system, if not, hopefully Stott can give us similar production at 24 in 2022.
Once your lineup is set, guys like Quinn are luxury items, you can wait on Moniak, you can hope on others.
As far as pitching, Cole would be great but would you really give ANY pitcher with his mileage 6 years, $180+M?
Just look at Sale.
I think you go with Nola, Arrieta, Eflin, Vargas, pick up a pitcher or two, start Howard in AAA, and focus on building a deep bullpen so you don't have to overwork your starters.
As we saw last decade, build the lineup and eventually you'll get lucky with pitchers, build around a rotation and let the lineup decline and eventually your pitchers will implode (2012, 2013).