Personally, I would look at a 2 year plan because I would not count on Santana after this year, Berrios still needs some seasoning, and we also need to audition Gonsalves and a few others.I would rather get Cobb or Lynn this year. They are two years younger and won't requires as many years.They will likely be 3 years younger at the end of their contracts which substantial reduces the risk associated with decline.
Next year we have another $45M coming off if we don't exercise Santana's option.Next year will also be a very deep free agent class and we will have had another year to graduate prospects.Harper, Donaldson, Machado and several others are going to absorb big free agent dollars next year and we will be in a better position to compete for top tier pitching.
Another off season of $50 million roulette with Cobb/Lynn is another year of treading water
Just because we have 10,000 lakes doesn't mean we need to tread water in each and everyone of them before we make a move
MLBTR kind of tip-toes around next seasons FA starters...I'm guessing from the title that Mr. Dierkes isn't advocating waiting (if you didn't check out the link "Next Winter’s Free Agent Starting Pitchers Aren’t Worth Waiting For")
Grab a Darvish...hope it helps bring Ohtani (apparently the now official spelling) then start the exted-o-rama with the core and add $10-$14M in Bullpen (hey it's not my money)
Do that and I might even let Santa take a flyover of the family gathering