Originally Posted by big boy
He has around 30 million in bad deals. Pointing to other bad deals like Frank Thomas, Matt Morris or Barry Zito doesn't change that. If Cormier's money was eaten by the A's, that should tell you how much they coveted Denorfia and would have given up much more. That deal should not come off his ledger. All of his bad deals stunk in the beginning and most here knew it.
Kriv should spend more time talking about Volquez, Keppinger, and Phillips. At least O'Brien can say he drafted well. Kriv brought us Drew Stubbs.
I agree with the comment on his drafting ability. I think our propects in the minors have a lot more to do with O'Brien than they do with Krivsky.
Notable O'Brien Picks: Jay Bruce, Homer Bailey, Paul Janish, and also signed Non-Drafted Free Agent Johnny Cueto
Krivsky Notables: Stubbs, Roenicke, and Mesoraco.
Even Though Bowden was a terrible GM and terrible on draft day, he did draft Votto and Dickerson.
I don't think O'Brien gets enough credit for his drafting ability, and for what he did to help our minor leagues. Now I wouldn't say I would want him back as GM, but he did do some good things here.
The 4 Reds in the Top 50 MLB prospects list were Bruce, Bailey, Votto, and Cueto. Like I said before Bruce, Bailey, and Cueto all came from O'Brien, while Votto came from Bowden.