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    Re: Dexter Fowler traded to Houston

    Quote Originally Posted by Revering4Blue View Post
    I'm surprised that O'Dowd, who was GM way back when Bowden was the Red's GM, still has a job.

    That's the crux of the issue for me. Even throwing other potential destinations out of the equation, it's hard for me to believe that O'Dowd couldn't do better than what he ultimately received for Fowler, especially considering the prospects within the Astros' organization
    Yes, he was hired approximately 4 years before Bowden was fired from the Reds. When O'Dowd took over as Rockies GM, the Reds were managed by Jack McKeon and had a roster which included Greg Vaughn, Pete Harnisch, Mike Cameron, Steve Avery, Hal Morris, and Eddie Taubensee. We're talking pre-Ken Griffey Junior.

    In O'Dowd's 14 full seasons as Rockies GM, the Rockies have had only 4 winning seasons (82 wins, 83 wins, 90 wins, and 92 wins) and zero division titles. He bought himself a lot of goodwill when the Matt Holliday trade turned out so well for the franchise, but that memory is starting to fade. There are worse GMs, and because the humidor occurred on his watch (which, IMO, saved the franchise by making it possible to build a decent pitching staff), he should be commended. But usually when a GM has 10 losing seasons in 14 years, it's time to bring in someone else.
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