We've had a lot of good late-inning relievers since Lidge - almost an uninterrupted line from Madson to Papelbon to Giles, really. Neris is the least of them (not even counting Jeanmar Gomez) while Seranthony never got to develop. But none of those teams were good enough to where it mattered. Neshek was also a very good set-up man for a couple of years (only some of it with the Phillies).
What's happening this year and last (and in 2019 for that matter) is something else entirely. Just near-total bullpen wipeouts, to one degree or another.
This whole conversation/poll is largely moot for another two weeks. If Dombrowski could jump the market and make an early move that would be fine by me, he could always undo it if the team remains this far behind in a month. But when you make the early move and don't want to give up too much you wind up with Brandon Workman, not someone who is an actual upgrade.
It would be easy to look at tonight and say this team, especially with all 8 intended starters, can play with anyone in the league and needs bullpen help. If that remains the case over the next two weeks I have no doubt they will buy, I'm skeptical they'll buy big enough for it to really matter. Dombrowski got Middleton to loosen to purse strings but do either of them thing this team is worth exceeding the CBT for? Worth trading a Top 10 prospect when our 5-10 prospects aren't even as valuable as most teams' #15?