If Kimbrel is one of the targets [and I think he is] why wait to see how the team does over the next 10 games, why not try and get him now and possibly win 1-2 of those Yankee, Brave or Nats games that might otherwise be lost? The Cubs have lots of work to do over the next 10 days and are unlikely to want to wait till July 29 to get moving, witness the deal for Pederson already.
Look, this division is there for the taking. Doesn't mean they will win it but its there. Mets just lost their top two players [take out Harper and Wheeler from Phils lineup and see how upbeat we would feel], Braves lost their top player and are looking old to me, and Nats have as many vulnerabilities as the Phillies do. And as I mentioned in discussing the potential signing of Hamels, this Phillie team would not be a guaranteed easy out in the playoffs.
Probably wouldn't see the Dodgers till the finals and I doubt anyone here fears the Giants or Brewers, respect yes, fear no. Padres are very good but are unlikely to leapfrog the Dodgers and Giants, though I remain unconvinced that the Giants [even older than the Braves] are winning without mirrors that are unlikely to continue to answer Giants whenever said mirror is asked "mirror, mirror on the wall, whose the fairest NL team of all?
A rotation headed by Wheeler, Nola and Eflin with a potential closer named Kimbrel is not a staff to take lightly in a short series. I don't know if Kimbrel is even on the radar screen right now but DD is a very smart guy and the fact that he specifically said the bullpen is not necessarily his focus right now indicates to me it is and he doesn't want to overpay by appearing to be desperate. What I do know is that it seems silly to wait and see how the team does over the next 10 games when 8 of them are against teams that they are trying to beat out in the first place.