I am with you bkeich. I'm just not a fan of the current approach. Yes, Realmuto was better, and probably is better, yesterday and today than Alfaro. But over the next six years, if they are at all comparable, we gave up a 103 mph pitcher with control. They don't come along that often.
This is my first post. I'm not a confrontational type of guy. These are just my opinions.
It seems that this regime is attempting not to develop a team, but purchase it. And the surprise is, they have been doing that since last August, when they had an emerging (but not great) team in first place, they went out a trading for names (yes, names of players they know and think were better). How did that work out?
Today, they are doing that again, but with better names. We are turning over a lineup from last August 1 that was in first place, in the hope, that better names make us a first place team. Well, we had one. Yes, I realize not a great team that was probably overachieving. But it was an emerging team.
This year's team might be better. It has better names. But past performance does not indicate future performances all the time. It might here. It might not. I'd rather roll with the emerging team, plus added pieces we've now tossed away (Crawford, Sanchez) in the next five years then taking this approach.
You can't usually buy chemistry. That August one team had that.