How is Stott going to free Didi's money this year?
And Didi can't replace Segura at 2B.
So now you're talking 2023.
And that's your problem, they're in this bad holding pattern, and spending your way out of it boxes you into a corner in three years when hopefully real talent will start arriving. I have no problem spending money at the right time, they probably should have been spending around 2006 or so for 1 or 2 pitchers who could have put them over the top.
But busting the cap to get to 86 wins seems a fool's errand. No problem spending money on short-term patches but still stay under the Cap, which I think is Dombrowski's plan - try to contend without mortgaging the future, whether trading prospects or future flexibility to spend in excess of the Cap.
I would definitely trade Nola, I have more confidence in Suarez as #2, and Nola still has value with two reasonably priced years left on his deal, and he scares me when it comes to an extension. Get a young SP, a promising position player in AAA and a top prospect who's further away. Then you can trade some second tier guys you don't think are in your future plans for patches, filling ML holes while maintaining prospect depth.