We really need to infuse this organization, from players to coaches to front office staff, with winners. The yearly collapse is a losers mentality and seems to snowball. A player like Harper (MVP level) tries to put the team on his back but he’s more of a leader by example than a no nonsense guy. We don’t have a voice in the locker room, a guy who doesn’t accept losing. Things seem to snowball quick with this team and it has happened yearly with this core.
While another nice starter would be nice and some top notch bullpen arms would be great, I actually think we need a big time bat more than those two. You have to have someone to tandem with Harper and no offense to JT but he isn’t it. I don’t think Rhys is either. The two of them are nice complimentary pieces but we need another star. An Acuna to The Braves Freeman. Preferably a guy that has a winning attitude and is a vocal leader. Now the problem is, I’m not sure we have the player capital or money to make a deal like that happen and still have enough left over to fill the other holes.
In reality we need a complete tear down, but before that we need to make sure we have the right development and scouting staff in place. If you do, a rebuild should only take 3-5 years. If you don’t, you are in our current position. It’s also hard from a player standpoint to do a complete rebuild. You signed Harper for so long that you basically have attached yourself to him for 10 years. And since you’ve invested so much in him, you feel the need to keep him happy and try to compete.
I think we are in a bad spot, and it probably starts at the top with Middleton. It will take a lot to fix it.