We see things differently.
I see guys who didn't have very good baseball minds who tried to take way too active a hand in personnel decisions.
Guys who made emotional rather than baseball decisions.
Guys who were homers.
Guys who pissed away 359 million bucks on arguably the worst 7 FA decisions that could have been made.
But to say it was because they didn't want to win and just wanted to enrich themselves is silly. If that was the case they'd have simply pocketed the coin.
Are they cheaping out now? Hell yeah. Best thing they could possibly do.... For now.
Why spend money until it matters?
The team was a Little unique because of the greatness of the pen and the defense. They had basically 3 4 WAR offensive players but WAR doesn’t properly rate relievers imo.
But as good as that team was over a full season, the lack of elite talent is why they didn’t win a title imo. They didn’t have the offensive talent to win against the best of the best.
Every Os fan should have an issue with the Angelos family. They ran this organization into the ground for 15 years and until recently, showed no regard for the Intl market, player development, scouting, etc...
And now that they are doing that, they are cheaping out in a big way only under the disguise of rebuilding because the fans buy into it.
I'm pretty comfortable with my view of the world.
You obviously have some kind of personal score to settle with the Angelos family.
Whichever of them took your lunch money, I'm sure he's sorry.
But that notwithstanding, the family coughed up 359 million dollars for just these 7 FA's since 2015
That's more than the overwhelming majority of clubs.
Sorry but your "they weren't trying to win" assertion doesn't really fit the circumstances.
They tried. And failed.