Originally Posted by traderumor
I know Gabe got knocked around in NY. Who knows why, not everything they touch turns to gold. He also got knocked around in Colorado, but also did well there. What's that tell us? We got a major league arm that had recent success here for someone that is probably never going to see a major league roster, anywhere. A low risk proposition and knocked one piece of chaff off the map. Next piece of chaff is Norton when Harang is ready as I feel a lot more comfortable with Gabey going out there in the roles that Phil has been filling. Let's just hope that the bad numbers were mental and mechanical, all of which can be fixed and very well could be in a familiar environment where one has had past success. Now, if we can just get a hard thrower in the mix somewhere. I know, I know we had two in Reitsma and Williamson but that's water under the bridge now. Maybe we could get a do over on Williamson (assuming his arm is still attached to his body, that is)? :mhcky21:
I'd love to see 75-80% of O'Brien's moves be good ones. There will be bad ones, but this isn't one of them. As you said, it improves one piece of the entire organization. This organization is only going to get better one move at a time.
The ultimate goal of the organization is to improve the minor league system, and if you can win now, if the team is in contention, then to attempt to do so, but not if it alters the plan of improving the minor league system. Losing Manning and getting White for $500K accomplishes all of the goals of the organization. It's a great move. Not all great moves are about great players. A great move can be about small pieces.