Pretty regularly agree with you, but I disagree with this one. Even if we could return last years team, i dont think it is an 80 win team. Bohm is unlikely to be THAT good, I dont think there is any indication he is a .338 hitter. Only really Kingery is likely to be better from last year, everyone else I think had a good offensive year. In fact, I am not sure the expectation for anyone is to get better other than Kingery, and certainly Bohm and Knapp wont repeat last years success and others (Hoskins, Harper, etc.) could easily fall off since I think they were at least a little above expectation. Add to the fact that it is very unlikely that both JT and Didi are signed and this years lineup is almost certainly worse. And in the 60 game season we were surprisingly healthy, but overy 150 or so games we will have more injuries and we no depth to compensate for that in AAA.
The pitching staff is the same story, we were surprisingly healthy in our starters and they all performed at or better than expectation (except the #5 spot which is a black hole). The bullpen of course was an unmitigated disaster, but I am not sure we can expect better from the same group. Most of those guys dont belong in the majors.
I think that team, with a more normal injury rate and closer to their "norms" is not as good as last year. And once again, we can't, for financial reasons, expect that this years team will be the same quality. We are almost certainly see catcher and/or shortstop be filled by lesser players than we did. Except for CF, I dont see a position I EXPECT to have a better year this year.
Who knows, maybe we sign/acquire some serious quality, but it doesnt seem like that is really the plan. It seems like the plan is closer to "we are building to start winning in 2022 or later.
We know that neither DD or Girardi have their jobs on the line in 2021. DD obviously has a few years to succeed or fail, and Girardi has the "look at the team I am coaching" excuse for any issues as we just dont have the talent that other more successful teams have throughout the 26 man. Now when the offseason is over maybe that gap has closed, but it isnt close year.