Originally Posted by 757690
The Cards keep Walt, and I don't think the Reds ever become contenders.
Plus, considering his previous track record and how exceptional he's been in Cincinnati, I think it's safe to assume that the Cards would have done just was well with him as with their current GM.
You had a very good system in place before Walt took over so I think you would have made headway without him. That said, I don't think you would have done as well as you did without him, so I agree with you there.
It's a "maybe" for me on your second point but I certainly don't think we would have rebuilt the farm system under him. I agree with you in your other posts that Walt did draft some good players but at the same time, Walt viewed the Cardinals system as a trading system instead of one to bring up talent. To a certain extent, his philosophy did work. I just think after a while of keep trading your top prospects will ultimately weaken the club down the road unless those trades were for players that were young with upside (like the JD Drew for Wainwright trade). What is known is that Mozeliak has done a remarkable job so I'm not crying over spilled milk on this topic.
In the end, I think both the Reds and Cardinals have benefited from the GM moves they made. Reds got Walt who has helped them and the Cardinals get a guy in Mozeliak who has practically rebuilt the team while remaining competitive and in the conversation for a legit team on a yearly basis. It's a win/win as far as I'm concerned.