Actually you are correct. I would not say my views on that subject are farsighted at all. They are absolutely shortsighted for sure. I happpen to have an old friend who was so excited for that 2018 season that he scraped and scrimped to be able to afford a season ticket package at Target Field. Can you imagine his dismay to realize the last 60-65 games of that season were deemed unimportant to the fans by the front office. Sometimes people have other reasons to be upset at their team or their team's front office decisions. I do get your point clearly. If i had the motivation to become the next junior general manager i would look at in a different light. I am only reminiscing about that fiasco of the 2018 season before i declare Derek Falvey the greatest team executive in Twins history
Try looking at it from a slightly different angle. The 2018 team was not going to be a contender with or without any of the players that were traded. By trading them there is a very good chance a player or players received in the trade will provide a great fan experience for all of us for 6+ years. What if Duran turns into a front of the rotation starter? How much fun would that be for 6+ years? We can also look at it knowing these additions could elevate the team and contribute to a playoff run. Might all go to crap but acquiring these players has a much better chance of producing winning baseball than keeping those free agents on until the end of 2018.