The 2018 season to me is not all about wins and losses. While I think this team has the talent to compete for a wild card spot, I can’t say I expect it to happen. The success of the season would be to see continued development with the core of Hoskins, Alfaro, Nola and Crawford. Then to call up Kingery and other prospects to see what they can do at the big league level.
The plan all along has been developing players and clearing cap space to make a run at the big free agent class next year. So continuing to develop the young guys, making a decision on Herrera and Franco by the deadline, and creating a culture with less mental mistakes in 2018 would make the season a success in my opinion.
This season is about seeing where all the pieces fit, further development of young talent, and getting rid of the expendable pieces so that they have flexibility for the upcoming free agent class.