With Kikuchi in the fold, and bullpen arms something this org has consistently churned out over the years, the pitching side of the ball is a lot stronger right now than anyone thought it would be going into next season. They could still deplete their depth there, but as the roster sits right now, they're looking awfully good in the rotation.
The offense...that's another story. But the D. Santana pickup was brilliant from my view. And as the original 'Dee Gordon, Mariner' guy, I'm going to stick to my guns and say that as the dedicated 2B and leadoff hitter, he'll rebound to his 3 WAR self. Mallex Smith isn't sexy, but he could be the kind of binding glue the team defense (and possibly offense???) needs to stick things together in Segura's absence. Neither Dee or Mallex is Segura, but they don't have to be. This is a team that's dynamic on offense, with the only thin position being C. And on defense? They might be a full step better going into this year than they were going into last.
This isn't your usual teardown. Not even close. The only part of this offseason that chips my teeth is including Diaz with Cano to lower the amount of money we had to ship to NYM along with Robbie. But other than that? These moves have all been very, very savvy, and none of them are 'we're throwing in the towel on 2019 and 2020' if you cock your head and take in the whole picture. 2019 is a lost cause, sure, but life is cyclical. We have our ups and we have our downs. Why should it be any different for the hometown nine?
So glad to hear your voice again, Doc. You are loved in a way that few men not named Major General Thomas F .Waverly will ever know.