If I were Dombro I'd seriously think about a "one step back, two step forward" season.
He just doesn't have the resources to get to 90 wins, and the Braves will probably be better next year.
So it's a tough route to the playoffs, and almost impossible to go deep into the playoffs with the current team.
And he just fired half of his personnel group, and is going to revamp the development process.
You've got a core in Wheeler, Segura Harper, JT, some players who are a year away or so, Stott, Marchan, O'Hoppe, Moniak/Haseley, then Rojas/Garcia/Torres/Muzzioti, and Painter and Abel poised to make a quick rise once things click. Maybe by next spring you'll know what you really have and who you're willing to trade, and who you can pencil into the 2023 lineup. If you could dump another $30M and go into 2023 with real money to spend you could add another core player and a couple key pieces around him.
So is this the year to take on more salary to tread water, or to trade some salary, add some prospects and improve the farm system development and find out what you really have?
Last time they were in this situation, Phillies wandered around for seven years before reaching the promised land, but had a lot more young talent on hand. This time, hanging around 81-85 wins seems an exercise in futility, given the lack of young talent on the roster.