Originally Posted by gilpdawg
This. It isn't fantasy baseball. It's real easy for us to say " let's trade this guy for this guy" it's another thing to actually do it. There are a lot of moving pieces to that job and it's more than any of us can realize.
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I agree. It would have been real easy for Asleep-at-the-wheel Jocketty to ruin this team with panic driven deals. I think he's steered a great course balancing now while keeping a decent looking farm for the future. He and Cast make a good team. After decades of Marge-Lindner and a string of GMs like Jimbo and OB (giving a pass to Murray and Wayne as ok but not in synch with their owners) how can you fault what Walt has done. World Series? Well anymore that's a crapshoot and does NOT say a thing to me except a team got hot and lucky at the right time. Get to the playoffs year after year and the Series will happen. Walt' s job is build a team that gets them in it. Then its on the players 100%. Well, along with some luck/momentum whatever you want to call it. To me the division title outright is the great accomplishment. The playoffs and Series are high drama and ultimate pinnacle but its like a dessert after the main meal. Extended playoffs dilutes the real value of the results to most serious baseball-holics. We want it, crave it, curse the chase all the while knowing the pure meaning of the best vs the best began being diluted in 1969. Even the single tier system was pure enough though. Now a 50/50 team can get hot and end up winning it all. So for me, Walt has done his job. Lets see if he addresses OBP at all this winter. A leadoff bridge and a cleanup answer. That would be doing his job even if the choices aren't what fans clamor for. Maybe it won't be Fowler and Willingham or a like starry combo. Maybe its a platoon mate for Stubbs and re-upping Ludwick. Whatever works. Ludwick taught me to wait for the season to unfold before screaming. But I wonder who the dickens Walt's naysayers would pick? I think maybe they just want a GM who is more exciting. More trades. More moves just to have an exciting OFFseason.