Re: Looking at our division
I still say LaRussa was the architect of those WS championship teams, not Walt. Sure Walt was the GM and was responsible for signing/dealing for the guys but IMO it's because LaRussa asked for specific players a vast majority of the time. And then LaRussa used them properly. 2013 will be the 1st year Walt as GM of the Reds will go into the season without a massive glaring hole on the roster IMO. People will argue his W-L record and so forth but the core of this team he isn't responsible for and those are the players largely responsible for the W-L record since his tenure began.
That's not to say he doesn't have any business being a GM or that he isn't a pretty good GM, in fact as far as GM responsibilities go I think he is extremely good in most every way but there is a spot or 2 that I think he is overrated in. Mozeliak seems to be doing a nice job himself however. So don't discount the Cards just yet, if nothing else they have a healthy dislike of the Reds which should motivate them to make life hard on us anyway.