I am ready to think that Quintana is a legit #2 starter. He was able to get out of jams much better and his strikeouts doubled from last year. He also had much better numbers in September. His secondary pitches can still use some polish and he might need something to get lefties out with more reliably.
As far as spending goes, I would like to use next season as an opportunity to improve scouting and coaching, just like Rick wants. If that takes away from some of the salary of the big team, that is acceptable. For too long, the organization focused on short-term instead of long-term. That can change now.