agree......the bias towards bringing in allegedly better bats is not gonna win the trophy , rather top elite pitching will. We have too many questoin mark pitchers and poor depth in the starting rotation to win a trophy. unless niebla works some miracles with those guys we are short world series quality pitchers. We got rid of Manaea and Cleve which is good....but Loogie, Ayatollah, and a born reliever Martinez are not the answer I'm afraid. Bauer is there on the cheap but with huge baggage. I'd do that first then at first opportunity get a huge arm at the trade deadline.....but we are now plumb out of prospects to trade is the problem. And this is where preller's strategy of going after verterans mid season with huge trades in order to 'win it now' is going to fail. Unless they get the farm back to where it should be pronto I can't see us competing for top notch pitchers at the trade deadline. Best option unfortunately is Bauer since they failed to sign a free agent big arm like Rodon etc.....they had the chance but didn't want to spend. And even IF they'd gone after one of those big arms they STILL would be best served to go ahead and take the risk on Bauer if they plan to win it THIS year. Great pitching almost always beats great bats....baseball 101. Fully concur with you on that one.
I love X but the problem is that could have been used to bolster the pitching rotation and we essentially were already seeing a traffic jam at the infield. Allegedly their first choice was Aaron Judge but there really was no chance for that. Then they kept looking at SS....and wanted Trea Turner badly.
Somehow I think Kim is going to be dealt for a big arm, along with maybe a couple of other borderline vets like the ones we recently signed and empty the cupboard of remaining prospects....(gulp).......never should have let the farm to this point. And trading Kim and vets for a top flight pitcher is once again going to be a chemistry-altering trade mid season.....big splash mid season is Preller's specialty apparently. So far it has not won a trophy. All that should be taken care of in the offseason before camp so whatever few big arms were available , we should have spent to acquire them NOW.