How else can this be understood?
That was my suggestion for how they should proceed right now…not how they should proceed at all times. If you think you should make the playoffs and make noise there, of course you don't deal talent for prospects. But if objective analysis has you playing for third or fourth place in your division, that might be a more appropriate time to rebuild.
It was admittedly a very long post, so here's the clarifying remark I made later in the post:
"If they were stocked with younger talent and ready to contend, I'd have a different view -- those moves may be more appropriate in that context. But within the context of where they stand compared to their division rivals, I don't think this is the effective way to build a team."
I like El KB's response. I completely agree that others may have a different perspective on whether the window to contend has closed or not. My only hope is that if this season is going nowhere, you cut bait quickly with these guys and get value rather than convince yourself next year will be different. I'll also second the getting rid of Seid vote. He is my Dom Capers of baseball.