I love it....the Reds do nothing, people complain because they're doing nothing (I was a big advocate there)
The Reds spend some money, make some moves to upgrade the team as a whole, by addressing their needs with major-league talent and people complain
Again, that's a dramatic oversimplification.
In fact, the majority of the folks who were scratching their heads about whether or not O'Brien could do something wouldn't have been anything but happy and bright eyed had Dan O'Brien made better moves.
That's the problem with that kind of thinking, Matt. It's the quality of the moves- not the quantity and not the money spent- that folks have issues with.
Make quality moves, get quality responses. That's all that's needed. Making moves just to make moves doesn't elicit a "hip-hip-hooray! they're TRYING!!" from me. Yeah. Hampster on a treadmill is "trying" too. He's just not getting anywhere.
Seems that a lot of folks are being grumped at for not being impressed with the hampster for running in circles.
I can tell you this and I can tell you this with all certainty- if Dan O'Brien had a real quality 2004 draft followed by a real quality 2004 offseason there'd be nothing but sunshine and flowers from the folks who are being grumped at right now.