He made similar easy moves for Phillips and Ross. He picked up Ross because Larue was hurt and had no idea the offense was coming. I do give him more credit for Phillips because it would have been easy to pass with his crowded infield.
IMO he has only made one real bold move "trade." That was the disaster with Washington. The rest was just picking up unwanted guys from the back of some one else's roster. Arroyo's performance afterward doesn't change the situation at the time he was acquired. Giving up Pena meant more to the Reds than giving up Arroyo did to Boston. The Reds traded Pena reluctantly. Boston gave up Arroyo willingly.