Originally Posted by edabbs44
Very true. Except the entire validation of Wayne's "success" as a GM For some involves the acquisitions of Arroyo, Hamilton and Phillips as the stars. It doesn't matter that the team's performance sank as payroll and future capital committments rose. It doesn't matter that his three biggest financial moves are now viewed as immoveable.
And now the current GM is left with what is left. Walt hasn't had the financial resources that others have had access to. Walt or Wayne, I cannot see this team being much better off than it is. Wayne constructed almost this exact team for this year. He had these guys in place. The key players on this team had to have been in his plans. The only difference is at third.
The teams performance sank by what 6 games, I don't know how you can call that Waynes fault, he improved this team from 1 year to the next despite what the record suggests. Depending on circumstances completely out of Walts control this 2010 team could sway anywhere 6-8 games plus or minus from last year without anything significant changing that's just the nature of things. It's been a below avg. team for many moons but what Wayne did was real tangible improvements that has made it more of a .500 team and given the time I believe he'd have put us in a position to win. Perhaps he wasn't the eventual Phil Jackson of the Reds (putting us over top) but I believe he was the Doug Collins (keeping us above water and improving us faster than a sloths pace) but Walt I believe is in over his head alot like Tim Floyd eventually was. (Sorry for the Chicago Bulls references they just made sense)
I'll concede Wayne may not have been what I thought he could be (we'll likely never know since he wasn't allowed to finish) but at the same time Walt is a step (really multiple steps) down from him in the most critical aspect and that is player evaluation which ultimately effects us in more ways than one and makes us a worse franchise overall because of it. Oh yeah and again the money issue is Bobs department not the fans concern so you call those contracts immovable I say why move them.