Gotta disagree here. Both the minors and free agency were going to have an impact on the rebuild’s success. A huge part of the value proposition of a rebuild is the financial flexibility that comes with it and Rick Hahn said as much when we kicked this thing off at the beginning.
And no offense, while it’s great you don’t give a fuck about Machado for some reason, that also means you honestly believed relying solely on prospects was somehow going to work and that’s just horribly flawed logic. I normally agree with most of your opinions, but must respectfully question your view on the Machado / free agency angle here.