Here's the thing...am i the only one who got the impression that the explanation for last years fire sale was to free up payroll so that we could "keep our options open" during the 2019 FA signing period?
With the exception of Pressley, every contract traded was on it's last year. The trades had nothing to do with keeping options open. They were to acquire additional assets in a lost season. Pressley was the only exception to this, and largely (I think) because they got an offer they felt they couldn't refuse.
I'm not sure I'd call that a grand plan to win the WS, but the best way to position yourself for a WS is to have guys that can contribute and guys you can trade to fill holes when the time is right.
And yes, in my opinion, Marwin Gonzalez was a no brainer. I'd have loved to upgrade Adrianza with him... Unfortunately, he's signed, so that ship has sailed.... oh, and yes, I agree with you that we should get another RP... not sure the starting market makes a ton of sense given our situation, but having another option in high leverage situations would be wise.