The problem is that wanting to "win now" isn't enough to make it happen. You also need a team full of good players. We're a few light years away from that goal. Buck Showalter's desire to "win now" is a lot like my desire to breath underwater. Sure, sounds great, but how? There's no foreseeable path to doing so, and stubbornly insisting on it anyway only ensures that we won't win later, in addition to not winning now.
I should have also mentioned initially that I'm well aware that guys like Angle, Bell, Snyder, Adams and Tatum aren't viable everyday major leaguers. I've penciled them into my desired lineup only because-- unfortunately-- it's a rule that you must field a big league team for all 162 games if you plan on being a MLB franchise. Ideally, we'd be able to relegate the big league squad for five years and return as something that deserves to play in Camden Yards (even if the players still aren't ready to win, there will at least be an effort underway to someday field a competitive product, unlike every single minute of the last 14 years, when that never happened). But as long as Selig and the owners insist on us acting as BP machines and playing in their simulated games each day, I figure we could at least sacrifice all the guys who have less than no value at one time, and focus our real attention on more frutiful endeavors, like building a farm system.
Look at it like this. If you've contracted cancer, and you're slowly whittling away, are in constant pain, can hardly walk, and are suffering from crippling migraines, deciding not to go see a doctor doesn't make you healthy. The new GM needs to take a sober look at this organization and realize that we are far and away the most hopeless organization in all of American sports. With the composition of our farm system, the agenda of our owner, and the state of our division, we are less likely to become a relevant team than any other franchise in any other American sport. Our outlook is beyond bleak. At the same time, the team's revenues have basically bottomed out, and the business people can now accurately say that there's nothing that could happen that would result in them making less money than they are right now. So if they're satisfied with their financial returns, they could stay the course with these pretend attempts to "win now" (when any logical assessment of the situation would acknowledge that "winning now" isn't even a remote option), and know that they'll continue to turn a nice little profit. I wouldn't begrudge them if that's what they decide. It's a nice position to be in to know that your company makes money no matter what product you produce. However, if it really is on their priority list to *eventually* win a few games, then they should accept the situation as is, place metaphorical C4 over every metaphorical inch of the team, and embrace the opportunity to build a new city from scratch, without the infrastructure constraints of their predecessors.
Drop payroll to lowest in all of baseball. Play no one on the major league roster a dollar more than league minimum. Embrace the opportunity to finish in dead last every year and pick first. Take all the money you'd waste on terrible baseball players with recognizable names, and instead pay whatever is necessary to break lease with Sarasota and build a state-of-the-art facility in Arizona, where all spring trainings will be within the next 20 years. Build state-of-the-art academies in every prospect hotbed around the world. Be the highest spending team in every draft and in every international signing period. Hell, don't even hire a manager for the big league club. Just let the responsibility rotate between your team of AAAA players and recognize that the worst thing that could happen is that you keep losing, which is the same thing that was going to happen anyway.
Chances are, we'd continue to lose. But guess what? WE WERE GOING TO LOSE NO MATTER WHAT! It's an approach with no downside! And maybe, just maybe, we'd be able to win a few games in 10 years or so. Who knows? But the first thing that needs to happen is that everyone needs to honestly admit that we are a dismal franchise from top to bottom, and having one above average catcher and one or two OK pitching prospects isn't reason to ignore the only reasonable option for a team that is truly in worse shape than any other in all of American sports.
Honestly, wouldn't you prefer my strategy, if you're being perfectly honest with yourself? Sure, I'll let myself get excited if we sign Prince and trade for Youkilis and sign Beltran and CJ Wilson and start saying that we're going to contend this year. I'm a fan, I've got no reason not to go with the flow. But really, even if those unlikely transactions took place, wouldn't you still know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that we still wouldn't finish above .500? So why not at least start from scratch? If we're going to lose anyway, it'd at least be fun to watch something be built from the ground up.
Alright, enough with my long-winded fantasy. But there you have it. That's what I want. Total anarchy and upheaval. We are easily the worst sports organization in this entire country, so why not? When you've got nothing, you've got nothing to lose.