Re: Grade Our Owner - Mr "Win Now"
Right now, I'd give Bob a B grade.
Let me explain. I don't blame the owner for any player acquisions, unless they are very meddling, like Stienbrenner who forced the Yanks to sign Sheffield when the GM wanted Vald Guerrero.
IMO, the owners' job is to let the GM do his job, not to be a tightwad, hire the right people, etc.
BobC seemed to be very free with giving money to Wayne. Wayne spent it on the wrong people.
So far, Walt has not made a big move yet that involved money. In all fairness to Bob, we should wait until Walt is able to pull off a good move that would require more money and then see what BobC's reaction is. BobC was willing to take on approximately 2-3 million (I forget the exact amount) for Hernandez. That's a good sign. He was also willing to let the Reds go to arb with Weathers. I am going to assume that he was willing to absorb at least a big chunk of Dye's salary as well.
There's no doubt that BobC has spent more money on the draft and Latin America than probably any owner in my lifetime. Sure, some of that is due to inflation, but last year he had an incredible investment there. Hopefullly, that investment will bear fruit so that the Reds will continue to fund that way of talent acquision. It's so nice to see the Reds draft the guy they thought was the best player available (Yonder), despite his big salary demands, etc.
If the Reds surprise me with a major FA acquision or a trade where they take on significant salary, I'd probably move Cast up to an "A" at this point. I really can't think of anything to criticize him on. He made a mistake (IMO) of hiring Wayne, but Wayne was certainly a reasonable choice. I know some people here hate the Dusty move. Maybe it wasn't the wisest use of funds, but IMO, Dusty is certainly a reasonable choice, and I like the fact that BobC didn't want to go the "lowest bidder" route on manager, as the Reds have done historically.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!