Originally Posted by TRF
I do think overpays are warranted, but i also think sometimes Jocketty is known more for overpaying than anything else. This trade was very similar to his trade for Mark Mulder in terms of quantity, 3 for 1 and what happened after. Mulder had one good season and was a disaster after that. Meanwhile, Dan Haren has produced 7-8 more than solid seasons. Calero had a couple of good seasons and Barton is still employed.
I really, really disagree with your opinion that Jocketty is known for "overpaying" for veterans.
I believe he's known for incredibly astute trades, wherein he often appears to pay a high price, yet, most of the time, the prospects he trades amount to absolutely nothing.
You don't win as many Executive of the Year awards as Jocketty has by paying too high a price in prospects. With the exception of the Mulder deal, I'm hard-pressed to see any prospect Jocketty traded amount to much of anything beyond a one-year wonder.