Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine
What I don't get is all the excuses for Jocketty while Krivsky was constantly hammered for everything he did. Even Krivsky's good moves were chalked up as luck while people make excuse after excuse for Jocketty. Jocketty has been horrible - far worse than Krivsky. Far worse.
No excuses for Jocketty. His job isn't completely different than say a new CEO of a firm like Citi or AIG. You walk in and find yourself in the middle of a financial crisis with a bunch of artery clogging positions on your books. You can't move these contracts w/o eating a significant portion and you can't add payroll due to these same decisions made a few years earlier. So what is Walt supposed to do? Harang has little mkt value, Cordero the same b/c of his contract and Arroyo is Jeckyll and Hyde.
Krivsky made a few good moves but taking flyers on failed prospects is like 1% of a GMs job. He failed in his bigger moves on a number of occasions. Picking up guys like Arroyo, Hamilton and Phillips were nice and all. I'll give him as much credit as he deserves for those moves. In the grand scheme they haven't brought us winning baseball so I'm not sure why we would choose to focus on a few singular wins when the sum of the moves has equaled what we have witnessed. Arroyo for Pena was a good move, but that move did nothing and then got lessened by the extension. The feel good Hamilton story has been greatly overrated. We got a half of solid production from him, then traded him for a guy who was lights out for 1/2 a season and then decent to good for a year. Now he is recovering from surgery and we'll see what happens in his future. Phillips was a no risk move that worked out greatly.
If you want, we can list the failed moves here as well and the record of the team. Which should be the most important grade on the report card. Most to all of WK's moves were designed to help the major league team and didn't do much for the farm. And yet the team still sucked. He spent more money than I remember seeing a GM spend in these parts. He chose to focus on the bullpen. And he failed in the overall task of getting winning baseball to Cincy.
You can say that he didn't have enough time, but the scary thing would have been to give him more time. He would have had to continue on the "win now" path without having the money to do so. I can't see WK being able to succeed in his plan, whatever that was, without money to spend.