I would rather NOT punt on the season, but it seems that Sandy insists on doing so.
That being the case, why not just use these young arms? Why buy an older 5th starter on a 1 year, $5m contract when we could see what we have with a couple of these young guys? Meanwhile, we would be (hopefully) be pocketing the $5m difference for next year.
Probably has something to do with contract controls or something. I don't really know how that works.
Or use that $5m (or whatever) to get yourself the most solid, but not spectacular OF'er left on the market on a multi-year contract instead, so we'll have that building block in place to work with for next year? I want to see the "building" moving forward by adding to the here and now, not just moving "backward" by acquiring future pieces like Syndergaard.