I would agree if this is the only pitcher added. But as a second fa on a 1 year deal to take a shot at the 5th starter spot it is potentially a smart gamble. Push everyone else down a spot on the depth chart.
Our staff needs long-term solutions at this point.This team is never going to be a contender until the starting rotation is solidified and we are a very long way from that point.These one years deals are great fort a pitcher to rebuild his value but unless we get a couple options year these bounce back deals do little to solidify our staff.
Go get Cobb and 2 relievers.Start the season with Erv | Berrios | Cobb | Gibson & Mejia.Give Gonsalves | Romero | Littell and maybe even Slegers a chance to win a spot.We need some low cost guys to produce because Erv might not be here next year.Unless we get lucky for once with prospects, we are going to need to replace Erv.The good news is we will have his salary and Mauer's to fund another FA.
I don't want to go into free agency next year wondering about the same SP prospects. If these guys step up, we could use the available dollars on whatever piece we need in terms of position players.If the SP prospects get a chance and fail, it will be clear to the FO and ownership the need to spend in free agency or trade away prospects.
Personally, I like Ohtani for the second add to the rotation.