Originally Posted by edabbs44
How would you suggest he could have significantly upgraded the offense? In all seriousness. Taking into account the fact that the economy crashed, he had little payroll flexibility and when other GMs were holding on to young talent like grim death.
The market tanked at the end of 2009, not 2008. He'd been with the Reds in some capacity for over a year, most of that as GM, and the man isn't an idiot. (and no one is making him out to be one.) The free agent list after the 2008 season had some names on it. there were moves to be made, and prospect wise, the Reds had a damn fine system. And the Reds didn't need young talent, they needed a bat or three. They had young talent to deal, something every GM wanted.
Admittedly Walt did this when he acquired Rolen. He traded from strength, but he traded for his GM blind spot. Just as you have said Arroyo was Krivsky's, Rolen certainly is Walt's.