Re: The Jocketty Files
There are certainly plenty of valid excuses for why Jocketty has yet to turn things around. From false promises of payroll increases from the owner to oversized contracts that can't be traded for a decent return to simply not having had enough time.I tend to lean toward buying these excuses.
The Taveras and Lincoln deals were poor moves but it is possible that Walt might have been shooting a little higher if he had had more money to spend.I still believe that in the case of Taveras, Jocketty was trying to show a little respect for Baker in getting him a guy he liked.In the end it's still Walts fault but I don't think it's a bad idea to let your manager have some input.I just hope that WJ learned his lesson and knows now that Baker should have no input.
I think it's easier to get a good gage on how responsible Walt is for where the Reds are by listing things that Walt did not do.
1.Didn't sign Aaroyo
2.Didn't sign Harang
3.Didn't sign Cordero
4.Didn't hire Dusty Baker
5.Didn't decide to reduce payroll
So the question is where would we be and what would Jocketty do if he had 35 million to spend on contracts for 2010 but would have to replace Cordero, Harang and Aaroyo?While that's a fun question to answer the reality is that we will have to wait a few more years before we have an answer.
Walt deserves a chance to do what WK did so I'd give it to him.