Re: Managerial search over. It's Dusty.
I think the biggest concern is that improving the pitching staff simply isn't an issue of spending more money. It's about identifying and then developing or acquiring the talent. We could've spent $30M on Zito, Eaton, Dannys Baez, and Mike Stanton (oops) and have had no better a staff than we had already.
What I'd really like to see and hear is a commitment to identifying and acquiring top level talent -- be it through the amateur draft, trades, or free agency. I want to see evidence of an evaluation process that involves more than ERA and experience.
While spending money is great, clearly the real issue is making the right choices with your 40 man roster. Spending money simply gives you more choices and more flexibility, but it does little to help you make the right ones. In fact, it can even encourage the wrong ones because it allows you to be less critical.
M2 among others have convinced to at least reserve judgment on Dusty until he gives me reason to complain. At this point, I'm putting my focus back on Wayne to see what he does with this apparent opportunity. With a great financial commitment from Cast, the wealth of young ready and almost ready talent, and the general weakness of the division, there's a pretty nice opportunity here. If Dusty squanders it through mismanagement, I'll be at the very front of the line to call him on it. However, let's see what kind of roster Wayne gives him to work with first.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.