Ash is a perfect example of someone who made moves in the past that BP disagreed with. Same with Kenny Williams, who I think should be in the top echelon of current GMs. While some of them may have thought that our criticism was personal, it wasn’t. Smart people make dumb moves, but more usually, we don’t see the inner workings that led to the decision. I can disagree with J.P. Ricciardi’s logic on B.J. Ryan and A.J. Burnett (”If they stay healthy …”) but I understand why he did it. We don’t often get the full logic, the transparent breakdown, or anything close.
No, he didn't name WK as a "smart" gm, but WK hasn't really been a gm long enough to evaluate. I can't say I agree with his vision, because I really don't know what it is yet.
And the statement I bolded is important to realize. I just think that every transaction has something behind it that we do not know. May or may not really justify the action, but might help explain it.
I'm willing to give WK a little more time because he's learning. And because the organization is in such bad shape that it's going to take time to rebuild ... not only in terms of talent, but in terms of talent evaluators also. And in reputation among the other clubs as an organization they might want to work within/for.
If you cut WK lose so soon, after cutting DanO lose before his initial contract was up, will a quality gm candidate even interview for the job?