The Fowler contract has not aged well, and could get worse.
No debate there.
But before the mess label is applied, don't we have to see how this experiment works?
If Tyler O'Neill becomes the guy the Cardinals envision, and Bader improves to pair some decent offense with his elite defense, and Carlson/Thomas compete to find a place ... it might not look so bad.
I'm just saying we don't know yet. This season is about finding out. Cardinals have said that since last season ended, and they have followed through with it.
If it goes bust, then yeah, those trades are going to hurt worse.