Originally Posted by REDREAD
O'Brien didn't do much, I guess that's good because just about everything he did was bad.
Randa's FA deal is the only thing I can count close to being a good move that I remember.
Oh wait, he signed Mercker and got one good year out of him.
Got nothing for Reitsma.
Traded Casey for Dave Williams, said Williams was a potential #2 starter.
Sat on an overcrowded OF, without trading one to improve the team.
Signed Van Der Wall as a "big move".
Although the Reds did well on the prospect front during his era, so he does deserve some credit for that.
We'll never know for sure, but I wouldn't be surprised -- judging by Bowden's last years -- if Lindner/Allen blocked potential O'Brien moves such as trading Casey, Paul Wilson and others while they still had value.
As for Milton, by all accounts, a significant drop in season ticket renewals -- surprise, surprise -- led to his signing.