Looking at the larger picture, is this year just a bonus? Have we all been played? It seems to be agreed that some of the moves made lately, coupled with the surprising success of this team, have made this team really hard to watch and fascinating all at the same time. Not the perfect product, but one that we all have bought into. It seems like contending, with an eye on next year is really all part of the plan. Start a few arb clocks to motivate the veterans, in the hopes that you make the playoffs(bonus $) and avoid the costly performance incentives that could cost big in super 2's with our arb ready players. Get the experience of a pennant race into the veins of the prospects, while not completely upsetting the status-quo. Is it really just a genius plan on managements part? Giving us all enough of a taste to wet our collective consumer appetites, or is it just plain stupidity as it looks taken in each individual action and on our own personal levels.