The scary thing is, it's hard to see this team getting better anytime soon. There's not enough of a core to build around. The rational move would be to deliberately be terrible for several years and build up the farm system...but of course this is a team that has never proven it can develop talent.
I'm not envious of teams like the Red Sox and Yankees signing big-name FAs...any idiot with a checkbook can do that. But I am envious of the teams, especially the Red Sox and Cardinals, that manage to also regularly develop their own superstar players.
"Hope...may be indulged in by those who have abundant resources...but its nature is to be extravagant, and those who go so far as to stake their all upon the venture see it in its true colors only when they are ruined."