Sandy himself, in his own words when he took this job, said "what's the difference between winning 70 or 80 games? Neither gets you into the playoffs". Our own GM disagrees with you.
The goal should always be to build towards a championship team. Not to build for mediocrity. Mediocre upgrades like that are not going to take this team to the playoffs.
So, then you are of the opinion we should just s*ck it up and prepare ourselves for another bad year rather then make stop gap moves that are just temporary fixes and will not help us long term?
Mind you, I'm not being argumentative. Just trying to get a read on what your thinking is
I think the aim should be to fill holes with quality players that have a chance to be part of our future, even if it's just a spot or 2 rather than trying to fill all of them with mediocre stopgaps.
I'll give you an example. Last year we spent about $10 million on Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch, and another 6 for Frank this year. 2 guys that at their best are mediocre and have no future here. Basically irrelevant signings in the big picture. I would've much rather seen us sign a guy like Yoennis Cespedes who got 4 years/$36 million at age 26. He made less than Frank and Rauch did last year, and only 3 more mil than Frank this year and with money coming off the books wouldn't have been a problem for the next 2 years at 9 mil per.
Was he a risk? Sure. But at least that money's going towards a guy that could actually be a building block for when we are ready to compete. Who cares if the Francisco moved had "worked out" and pitched to his normal mediocre level? He's not part of the solution.