I agree 100% on the Bowe and Amendola stuff. I really wish that people would just stop bringing it up. I'm like you, I think talk of spending a fortune on a position that isn't even close to an immediate need is just plain ridiculous.
One, I couldn't imagine that Amendola would cost a fortune, and two, there is no guarantee you are going to land the players you target. Opportunity must intersect with need. Just because you target a certain position, doesn't mean you will fill it in free agency. You may be forced to pursue those positions through the draft or through trades. The point I'm trying to make is this: don't be surprised to see free agent money go to any position on the team. It would be nice to do a quick, neat upgrade to your precise positions of need, but it's usually not that simple. If it were, team-building would be as easy as ordering a spare part from an auto warehouse.