Re: How Would You Rate O'Brien's First Year As GM?
I think he deserves a C+ or B-:
-The Reitsma trade didn't look good out of the chute, but both guys are still figuring in organizational plans.
-The Jones and Lidle trades were quite solid. Jones did a decent job and was cashed for two players who look like they'll make the 25-man for 2005.
-The Barry Larkin decision: tough, but correct.
-Organizational depth: increasing.
-Nabbed a couple of intriguing players off waivers for nothing.
Marked down for:
-Thinking that Lidle and Vander Wal would be "enough", whether they worked out or not. That's a big one.
Incomplete or equivocal on:
-The eight-man rotation in the minor leagues.
-The draft. Lots of upside, not many results so far.
-Austin Kearns to third: I still think it could mess with his bat and it's likely just for one year, but it's a novel alternative to dumping Casey or (heaven forbid) Dunn or Pena.
It's really quite tough to assign a grade because the biggest decisions are still to come- do you trade Jimenez or LaRue or Casey, which pitchers do you sign, etc. Those two things could swing the grade drastically one way or the other.
I think many of you are still not used to the slower, more gradual pace at which things are happening in the organization. I think you're also taking your frustration at Lindner/Allen/etc. out on O'Brien. Allen and Rob Butcher need to be fired today and replaced with a more visionary COO and a competent PR team, sure, but that doesn't have anything to do with DanO.