Originally Posted by Superdude
I'll be glad to answer: I've always been of the belief that the GM makes the roster and the manager manages it. Walt signed Valdez and wrote up the contract for Cairo. Dusty for sure had input, but I find it hard to believe Jocketty is giving Dusty everything he wants considering those decisions likely come back on him more than Dusty. This is entirely my foggy perception of what may or may not happen behind closed doors though.
OK. Good answer.
I believe that Walt and Dusty speak almost every day during the season and frequently in the off-season. They discuss the players. They discuss which ones Dusty would like to replace and which ones he wants to keep. They discuss potential replacements from other organizations and free agents. Dusty tells Walt which players he wants to acquire. Walt listens. Walt shares his opinions. They come to a consensus. They make a list of players they both want. Walt goes out and tries to sign or trade for those players that both he and Dusty like. I don't think Walt goes out and gets players that Dusty doesn't want anything to do with. The players they acquire are guys that both of them wanted. They may not be their first choices, but they were all on their mutual list of targets. They are working together to build the best team they can. Both of them deserve credit and blame for the roster.