Originally Posted by edabbs44
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.
Bingo. WK would look great in any organization on the player development side of things. When he is forced to oversee the overall big picture I think WK has trouble with that.
OBM as for Phillips I go back and forth on him all the time. He is a top 3 defensive SS in the game but his offense is a roller coaster. If Frazier can come up and play average 2b while putting similar numbers to his minor league numbers he could be as or more valuable than Phillips. Now that may be a stretch, but so are the respective contracts. That is my biggest issue with Phillips. Good player with an inconsistent bat making quite a bit of cash.