I don't think these types of free agent signings hurt the youth movement. 1 and 2 year deals for journeymen players won't block a deserving youngster for very long. I do agree that it would be wiser to use all that cash on one impact free agent than spreading it out amongst a bunch of guys that aren't much better than replacement and won't be here if/when the Bucs turn it around.
This. All day long. At some point, you have to be bold. You can't keep being afraid of spending on the wrong player. At some point, pull a trigger and roll with it. We have a promising (and some have shown they are for real) core of players. I'd include Elvis in that, so there are 5 now--provided El Toro comes back around. That's pretty good for a young team. Pitching is, as usual, a concern.