Re: Now the truth comes out... Jim Bowden was never....
Personally I thought that Bowden's biggest flaw was that he never fully embraced the fact that the Reds needed to rebuild - to get worse before they got better. Honestly, considering the nature of professional sports today, I can't really blame him. The Estes-Dempster-Moehler debacle was laughable, but he was being held back (and that's being nice) by ownership that year (and every other).
He made some good trades for veterans (Vaughn and Guzman in '99), some very bad trades for veterans, but off the top of my head I can't remember a single time he traded a veteran for a *quality* farmhand in order to build for the future.