Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
Like I said, even if you want to roll with the unlikely theory that it was a brilliant trade it was still one of only three substantively good moves over that extended period of 4 seasons. It doesn't change the narrative that Jocketty was largely inactive for a long time.
I'd say he didn't make many major moves. He wasn't inactive. He brought in guys like Hernandez, Gomes, Nix, Cairo and Rhodes. He plugged the SS hole with Cabrera (which kind of worked) and then Renteria (which kind of didn't). He extended Arroyo. He handed a lot of jobs to young guys and kept the right kids.
Add in the Rolen trade, the Chapman signing and bringing Leake straight to the majors - which were his biggest moves - and you've got a tidy bit of business.
Much as I'd have loved for him to do a trade-and-sign for Jose Reyes prior to 2011, I can't fault him for paths not taken given recent results. I certainly am not going to complain about the current state of the franchise and, that being the case, it's important to recognize that Walt's actions and inaction got us to this place.