Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo
Really, hmm don't know what people expected but i'd say sans Harangs roller coaster ride courtesy of Baker it's turned out as well as could be expected for Arroyo, BP and Cordero. And despite his W-L record Harang hasn't been a complete bust. I just don't know that anyone could have expected better as a whole from these guys and if so they were kidding themselves from the beginning.
Blaming Harang's roller coaster ride on Baker is a convenient excuse. Just like it was Baker's fault that Arroyo was going down the tubes until he turned into Pedro circa 2000 last July. Then we heard nothing about Baker leaving him in games too long. I am sure it will come up again if Arroyo gets pummelled in the first half of this year as well.
Listen, some signings work out and some don't. That's part of the game. But if a new owner comes in and gives a GM what, roughly $130MM to spend over the course of 2 years, you would expect some results on the field from the team as a whole. The GM went out and made a splash getting his hand picked closer, extended two starting pitchers and gave another lucrative extension to his 2B. And we saw $60ish million of that spending spree leave the ballpark over the last two years and have nothing to show for it.
We can continue to focus on WK's affect on this team on a micro-level and dress it up and make it look good. But there is more to being a GM than picking up the garbage from other teams. That was the one thing that Wayne had success in doing and you don't find many failed top 5 prospects on the curb all that often, let alone those who work out. I'd rather have the guy who performs better in the more frequently occurring baseball situations like FA signings, contract extensions and overall management of a roster. Now I'm not saying that Walt has shown this in his tenure so far (or that he has been given any roster flexibility to have a chance to do so) but I think he has shown this ability in St Louis.