What would you like instead? Shields for ~16M a season would have been cool, but it looks to me like their acquiring depth.... and not just shit depth that Ned used to do. Depth that has found success in one way or another in the big leagues. Wieland, Hernandez, Barnes, Nicasio, Hatcher, Bolsinger, Liberatore, Kyle Jensen, Aardsma, Sergio Santos, Beachy, and McGowanamong others that were either signed or were not the primary piece in a trade that could make an impact on the big league level. I think if you look back to the Ned years you'll find a list with less than promising potential role players.