Plan's are funny things, sometime that don't work out at all and it doesn't matter in the end.He has a plan he just doesn't feel compelled to tell every Tom, Dick and Harry what it is.
Example, Howsam trades Wayne Simpson and Hal McRae, a year later he needs a RH bat so he trades Ross Grimsley for Merv Rettemund.
Grimsley pitches 295 innings and wins 18 games for the Orioles and Hal McRae hits .310/.375/.475 for the Royals. Merv Rettemund hits .216/.337/.332 for the Reds.
However, because of the suck that Rettemund displays Foster gets called up and begins to get entrenched and gives the Reds another .500 slugger, a big part of why they rocked so hard the next two years.