This season we'll get an idea of where we stand youth-wise. Is Smoak a viable option? What can we expect out of Ackley? Montero? Was Carp a mirage? Can Guti be a .780-.800 OPS guy?
Next offseason, we can hopefully make a couple moves with payroll coming off the books and we should also have Hultzen and Paxton in the rotation with Walker not far behind.
I mean, we've dealt with the REALLY bleak times in Seattle, IMO the future is actually bright now. Guys like Felix don't grow on trees and there's no guarantee that Paxton/Walker/Hultzen/whatever prospect we'd get in a trade would ever turn out to be like Felix.
I hate the M's brass as much as anyone, but if we start winning and the casual fans start going to games, they'll up the payroll just like they did in the 00s. They SHOULD be upping it now, instead of pocketing record profits, but that's a discussion for another day.