Hope comes in many flavors in professional sports (justified, misguided, etc.), and its primary facilitator is the mere potential for change. We so often believe that prospects will grow into something more than they are, that coaches will get the most out of a plucky roster and that general managers will use every resource to pull in the best talent available.
Followers of any team have their pipe dreams, and when the trade and free-agent markets open up to reveal the assets to be had, it's only natural to wonder what might become of a certain team if all the pieces were to fall into place.
No team had that kind of flawless offseason this time around, but more than a few angled to have one somewhere down the line. A handful of teams opted to clear out cap space and liquidate assets rather than mire in mediocrity, and though these GMs-turned-alchemists may not all conjure gold, one can't fault them for trying.