What I'm saying is, I've heard this song and dance before."We tried" has never won a MLB game, and never will.
It didn't have to be Darvish.But "they made an offer" is ... meaningless.It has zero value.It's words.
It's perfectly fine for people to base their judgment strictly on results. The organization is no more entitled to our goodwill as a result of their efforts than we are entitled to never having our hopes lifted and then dashed.
Others don't have to, but I'm going to trust that the efforts to sign Darvish were genuine and the Falvey "priority" statement was sincere. (It was however an ill-advised comment in light of the false sense of entitlement and the pent up frustration permeating the fan base). Do I know that it wasn't a fake offer and an attempt to sell me a bill of goods about what was intended? No, but there's a lot more evidence supporting a real pursuit of Darvish, one that wasn't half-hearted.
Lots of us believe the Twins could and should have offered him 6/150 or whatever was necessary to land him. That's fine too. We don't know the details, but we have evidence that Falvine had a risk/reward line drawn. We as fans are no more entitled to the Twins going over that line than the Twins are entitled to hearing no criticism about it.
I would only view the whole effort, including the Darvish bid, as having been in vain if in the end no front end starter is acquired. You are not one to do this, but I'd like to read complaints that avoided suggestions that a bad result was due to a lack of effort, fan loyalty, honesty, charity, character, brainpower....
Again, it's perfectly acceptable to place no value on actions and words absent results, and it's perfectly fine to find some value there. But I'd love it if those members of the board, like you, who are highly regarded by the majority of us, would push back a little when people devalue those efforts and words by trying to cast them in a false light.