Re: How Would You Rate O'Brien's First Year As GM?
When you cut payroll from 59 to 47 million, you are limited to what you can do.
And how easy do you think it would have been to move Casey, Graves and Junior's contracts after coming off the 2003 seasons they had?
Maybe O'Brien should have dealt Griffey before his 500th home run but the backlash from fans would have crucified the front office worst than the firesale of 2003.
O'Brien's hands were tied by the bad contracts that Bowden signed Casey, Graves and Junior to. O'Brien's hands were tied by Lindner and Allen's decision to cut the payroll. And O'Brien's hands were tied to the lousy performances of Casey, Graves and Junior in 2003 to get anything substantial.
There is so much you can do with a 47 million dollar payroll where 12.5 million goes to a broken down outfielder.
If you think small, you'll go nowhere in life.