Yes, LOOK at the Nats. Look at how much they struggled until their homegrown talent matured. Look at those really crappy years the fans had to endure. The problem is people look at the M's as if this were the 7 or 8th season of rebuilding when in reality it is Jacks 3rd year. I'd say he's put together some pretty good pieces. We had no control over the "f" up called Bavasi and how much destruction he wrought to the Mariners. I'm betting that Z goes after some pretty decent FA talent if things go according to plan.
Fielder was the only decent FA talent. Yeah the Nat's have been bad for a long time however, the difference is they added a player and didn't say oh we need to contend before we make such a move. They added him to turn around their franchise. That's the type of move the M's needed to make and instead they didn't.