I'm not super-negative but I'm not super-positive either.
I think they could have won 87-90 games last year with better health and bullpen luck but they didn't.
I think this team is going to make the playoffs and is/was of about the same quality.
And I think they can easily maintain that same level of quality for the next two seasons.
But even with money to spend I don't see much of a path to 92, 95, 99 wins, or even just to get better than the Dodgers and Braves (while the Padres pass us, and the Mets start writing checks). And we could just as easily swoon again like the Nats this year and the Cubs last year.
We just lack young players who you can say will make the team get better over the next few years. All there really is is Bohm, but like Hoskins before him he's probably more of a solid regular than an all-star (unless he really grows into 3B defensively). Obviously Haseley and Kingery are still not above-average starters (or even starters).
And even if we had more improving young players, they are likely to be balanced out by declining older players. Re-signing both Didi and JT obviously won't change that.
Segura and Cutch and Hoskins have all been pretty good news this year overall, but what about next year?
Heck, it's possible re-signing JT Is not the best way to make this a better team over the next three years, if you can use the money on three different players.
Not everyone has to be an all-star either; if anything our problem is we have too many all-stars. Cutch has been fine but not really that much better than Corey Dickerson; Segura has been fine but Josh Harrison has been better (in limited action). If you're not paying those guys you could sign JT and Didi and then still have money left to improve other areas, even if big $ on the bullpen didn't work any better last year than no $ did this year.
Our lack of young players really comes into focus with the current 40-man roster situation too. Yeah, we are carrying a lot of pitchers and spare parts because of the unique season, but we also don't have a single AAA/AA player left that we'd want to add to the 40 and call up. Moniak and the guy GM thinks is going to be our next 1B would be the closest and neither of them are actually close.