Re: Are most GMs just not really very smart?
Like so many things in life, the dumb kids ruin everything for the rest of us.
Because players like Matthews Jr. and Lee are signed to such obscene contracts that are completely out-of-line with the skills and numbers they bring to the table, it drives the value of other similarly situated talent through the roof and any true talent completely skyward. It makes it a lot more difficult taking fliers on guys in the hopes that they replicate great numbers when the price of being wrong is driven so high.
Having said that, though -- if there's a market for Gary Matthews Jr. and his 1 season of good (surrounded by lots of seasons of middling), then I absolutely have to believe there's a market for David Ross out there and a chance for the Reds to take some GM for real talent in a deal.
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