In response to Alibiike's comment:
My question in all this is, what is the goal if not to win a chanpionship? You can't depend on prospects that may or may not pan out in the future. Trying to limit signings to 2 or 3 years nets you the kind of players we got, guys who are just not impact players.
Like I said before, either play the kids now or trade them for some stars who can win a championship. And completely revamp the SP. If anyone thinks the 5 we have now will win 70-75 games, there better be a whole lot run support.
Regardless of what you may think or expect, you're not going to win a championship every year. Not even the Yankees can manage that. So given the reality that you're not going to win it all every year you really have two choices. A) try to buy your way into a chance to win it all every year or B) try to have a smart plan in place so that when you have most of the pieces in place it's not a big stretch to get the few pieces you need to put you over the top. Choice A is the one that Theo ended up falling into that we needed the Dodgers to bail us out of last summer. Ben is obviously trying to implement choice B. Whether he's successful in that remains to be seen. But one key element in implementing a strategy like that is to limit the length of contracts you're handing out in free agency. Because the long year contracts are the ones that hamstring you when there are moves to be made. Ben is actually doing almost exactly what I said he should do back in August. Except I would have waited until later in free agency to sign anyone.