This is just one of the points made in the PiPress article linked above. It also looks at the trades—both good and bad—that have been made during Smith's time at GM. As for an "ace," CJ Wilson and Mark Buehrle are the most high-profile pitchers that are likely to hit the free agent market. I've said it would be worth making some offers to Wilson but not get dragged into a bidding war, and we know Nolan Ryan won't let him go without a fight. Buehrle is a Twin-killer but he'd also be a good top-of-the-rotation starter. He's also a vampire so players should put rosaries on any food items they don't want him to steal and should avoid bringing holy water into the clubhouse. Let the rosterbating begin!