Well, the season is all but over, disappointing on most levels. Harper had a good year, very clutch hitting, but not the MVP discussion year we hoped he'd have. Hoskins decline is worrisome. Realmuto should be re-signed. Nola's end of season collapse, be it bad luck or poor performance solidifies in my mind that they cannot win if he is considered their ace.
The McCutchen injury and the Herrera fiasco really seemed to release all the steam the team had to start the season. The miscalculations by the front office of the pitching staff, both starters and relievers was flawed and cost them any chance of postseason play. The handling of Franco was bush league. Sean Rodriguez should never have been on the roster, let alone get the amount of play he did.
I think wholesale organizational change is required, Klentak, Kapler and his staff should all be let go IMHO. Middleton has to put his money where his mouth is and if it requires spending into the luxery tax next year, they have to do it. They need to make a serious run at Cole and give Realmuto what he is worth.
Next year, they need to make the postseason with the payroll they will likely be paying. They don't seem to be primed to make a trade for a quality starter. Hoskins value is as low as could be, Hernandez isn't worth much. No pitchers are worth much either.
They have to hope for positive contributions from Howard and Bohm next year. They need Hoskins to bounce back, Kingery to keep improving, Harper and Realmuto to do what they should do and they need to revamp the bullpen and pitching staff. That's a tall order without much in the pipeline to trade but that's why they need someone better than Klentak to pull it off.
I'd see if Joe Girardi still wants to manage and if so, I'd give him the staff he wants As for GM, I honestly don't know. I like Dombroski more than most people do, but he has had success with high payroll teams. I don't have many other insights as to who might be a better candidate, but I really think a change is needed. The mishandling of the roster, especially the pitching staff this year is a huge indictment on Klentak and the organization as a whole. With Almaraz leaving this is the time to rebuild the organization while the core of this team is in it's prime. The draft, trade and free agent decisions going forward have to be on the money if the team is going to move in the right direction. I don't trust anyone in the organization at this time except for Middleton's pockets.and the hopes that he'll pay to put the right pieces in place.