Rick's specific comment on the 3rd base situation, his comment about the "bullpen" (which was stunning to me) using the word "exploring opportunities" (Thornton, Crain, one of the kid pitchers???) and of course the gaping holes on the bench.
I just get the sense from my observations and comments from other who have knowledge of things and baseball in general that Rick is going to be more of a 'trade guy' for wont of a better word than a 'let's go out and spend a billion dollars getting a bunch of free agents' type-guy.
It'll be interesting to see how it all plays out. This year for example the free agent crop is pretty thin at the positions Rick mentioned. Trades might be a better way to acquire better talent.