In response to AL34's comment:
In response to bigdog1's comment:
I agree with both Al and Flattie on this. First AL you maybe correct in saying that some of these recent signings are a joke, I am scratching my head on Dempster, but Flattie is correct in saying this team will play hard.
I think they will play hard but emotion only carries you so far, talent carries you the rest of the way. We are way short on talent if you think this team is going to get into the playoffs. Way short on talent in 2013. Management is banking profit this year. Young Ben was read the riot act before he took the job about going low budget in the future and that Larry Luchinno was going to be calling the shots in the future. I said this a long time ago and then it came out about the Dodgers calling Luchinno, not Ben about the salary dump last mid August.
I'd rather us just not sign anyone this year, trade all our 2014 FAs to be and maybe most of those in 2015 as well. Stockpile the prospects and only make deals for players with 3+ years of team control all within normal prime range.
Next year's class may be even more expensive, but they look to be better.
I am really a bit surprised that we have spent about $50M a year so far and are still not even close to being serious contenders unless almost everything clicks all at once.