"You were going to go in one of two directions – just being in the middle is the wrong way to go," former GM Alex Anthopoulos told me at the end of 2013. "Are we going to trade everybody away and continue on the completely young path? (Adeiny) Hechavarria, (Jake) Marisnick, (Anthony) Gose, (Noah) Syndergaard, (Justin) Nicolino, (Aaron) Sanchez – just wait on all those guys, and it might be two years, three years, four years before they all emerge? Or are we going to take the guys we have and try to move forward. Ultimately if you were going to try and move forward, there was a lot of work to do."