A couple years ago, the Royals were supposed to have the best farm system of all time. Didn't really get them anywhere.
The Nats farm system did its job in improving the big league club. I wouldn't be all that surprised to see more prospects traded at midseason if the Nats need help. World Series or bust!
This. With the talent on the major league roster, we don't need a loaded farm system at this moment. Rizzo spent his time building it and then used it for the proper pieces of the puzzle.
We needed a front line pitcher last year. Rizzo went and got Gio. There is a decent chance that Norris, Pea****, Milone & Cole never turn out to be anything special. Prospects aren't guaranteed. When you can get a proven major league talent, you've got to go out and do it when it's reasonable.
Rizzo will spend the next 2-3 years rebuilding it. He built the farm system into what it was before the trades and he can hopefully rebuild it.
Our window is open. Time to go for it.