Yes I would really rather discuss whether a Greinke move makes sense, not whether he'd waive his NTC. (But I would also still like a link.)
Andy I still find it mysterious. No reason, on the surface, to think Kapler wouldn't like Crawford, though I guess you could also say he doesn't like Franco. Or Williams. Or Herrera? He's an odd guy though so it's hard to believe he found Crawford too California, or whatever. I guess if anything it was just that the manager - and the GM by virture of his checkbook - preferred Kingery. Essentially Crawford got Wally Pipped, accompanied by the Phillies insistence that Kingery graded better at SS (and Crawford at 3B). But what do they know about defense?
If we regret losing Crawford I'd say it will be more because we had to include him to help move Santana. Segura could have been had another way if necessary. (Just as well we didn't get Diaz though.)
I mean, fair enough, but Hunter looked like a good signing at the time. And Neshek too. I'm not sure either of them were supposed to be part of a 2019 playoff team, I think AF is right that they were meant more to be stabilizing vets who could later be flipped. Once the goal for this season changed, along with the addition of Nicasio (which, again, related to Santana $) the bullpen became rather top-heavy with older injury risks. Did they miss something with Robertson? Are they to blame for the young arms being injured? Or do we just perceive it this way when it really is just bad luck, clustered?
Lost in all of our negativity - at the major league level the Phillies rebuild is still basically successful, especially given this year's injuries. They have gone from 66 wins to 80 wins to what should still be the 84-87 win season everyone expected before Harper-mania. They are competing for the wild card which is on, if not ahead of, schedule. And if we had a CF, McCutchen, and a bullpen, we'd still be in the division race.
Klentak has made his share of personnel mistakes but his biggest ones have been sticking with players he inherited too long. And if 2020 doesn't go well it will look like giving up draft picks in '18 and '19 (as well as trading Crawford and Alfaro) were mistakes too.