Originally Posted by 10xWSChamps
What are the biggest 3-4 moves Walt has made since becoming GM of the Reds? The Chapman signing pops out in my head.
The three that pop out for his time with the Cardinals are:
Getting Mulder for Dan Haren
Getting Wainwright for JD Drew
Getting McGwire for 3 people that I can't remember who didn't go on to do anything
Won huge on two trade and lost huge on the third. Overall he was very effective.
I would consider all three of those pretty big losses.
The Mulder for Haren deal obviously didn't work out for St. Louis. Since the trade, Haren has put up 36 WAR, while Mulder pitched to an ERA over 5 and accumulated 1.3 WAR before retiring.
Wainwright for Drew is closer, but still a poor deal for the Cards: Since the trade, Wainwright has collected 18.5 WAR, while Drew put up 29.1. Now, it seems Drew's career is winding down, and so perhaps Wainwright begins to close the gap next year, but that depends on Wainwright bouncing back from serious surgery, which is hardly a guarantee.
As for the McGwire trade, perhaps that was a win on the field, but McGwire turned out to be a reprehensible cheater who sullied the reputation of the game. I'd want no part of him on my team.
Overall, then, if those are the kinds of trades Jocketty makes when he's dealing, perhaps he should just sleep through the rest of this winter.