I have no idea what to tell you, honestly. A team says that payroll is going up. And fans say yes but your up is not our up and thus you didn't go up at all is just incorrect. That's not how facts work. Criticize how "up" it went, but don't argue it didn't go up. Criticize how much it went up. By all means do that.
Fans can freely and rightly say it did not go up enough.
Fans can freely and rightly say it did not go up enough to assure a title team.
Fans can freely and rightly say it did not keep pace with the cost of contention.
Those are all fair and right and good and defendable things to say. There are facts on your side to make these statements, just as the Cardinals can point to the fact that payroll has gone up, as of right now.
Which brings me to your question. I don't know. I don't know what your frame of reference is for an A-list addition and I don't know what player you would belittle by saying he's a dumpster dive. I just don't know. On Twitter, I shared the story of the Cardinals signing Contreras, and one reply scolded the Cardinals for once again not spending and refusing to add a free agent. Cool. It's all relative. And so is your question.
And so is how much "up" the payroll has gone and needs to go.