Sure, but they needed multiple slots filled. And they were forced to relinquish their Pre-cogs due to the 1997 ruling.Impossible to know for sure; but passing on Hill, Paxton, and Bradley is more than enough to pay Rodon. Skipping out on Hill and Paxton frees up enough to get Jansen and keep Whitlock or Houck in the rotation. Lots of different things they could have done, theoretically at least. 100 innings at a 87 ERA+ is fine but not sure what it really did for the team.