Re: what if we can't make a trade?
You're right, if we stand pat we aren't going to get magically better. If we come back with those players we'll be .500 or worse.
Our hopes are: 1) Wayne makes some magical trades and pickups, or 2) Wayne builds with drafts and prospect trades. Option #2 is a long term solution and IMHO the more realistic path to success. Given our lack of depth at any spot other than catcher, we really don't have a surplus that we can trade to solve our problem areas in the short term.