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    Grade Our Owner - Mr "Win Now"

    I'm not going to start a poll. Just wanted to hear member's feelings on this guy with all the current discussion about rating Jocketty, the signing of Wee Willy Winkle, and the lack of movement (improvement) during this off-season, I think Bob C has been getting a pass.

    I have no problem with the criticism of Jocketty. He is the GM. I think some of it is a little overboard; but everyone has the right to their opinion.

    But Walt, even though he is the GM, works for Bob C and the ownership group who controls/sets the payroll budget and what is to be spent.

    The opening payroll for '08 was 74 mil.

    By the end of the season they rid themselves of contracts such as Dunn (13M) and Jr (8.2M). They also fulfilled the last year of the Milton contract (10 mil). And they also let some other "dregs" go too, which, if totaled up, may come to another few mil. So I think it's somewhat safe to assume they cut around 35M there.

    Their probable commitments for 2009 (including new acquisitions and raises due):

    C - Ramon Hernandez - $8MM
    C - Ryan Hanigan - $400K
    C - Wilkin Castillo - $400K
    1B - Joey Votto - $400K
    2B - Brandon Phillips - $4.75MM
    SS - Alex Gonzalez - $5.375MM
    3B - Edwin Encarnacion - $450K+
    IF - Jeff Keppinger - $403K
    LF - Chris Dickerson - $400K
    RF - Jay Bruce - $400K
    CF - Willy Taveras - ??? (lets say he gets 2.5M for '09)
    OF - Norris Hopper - $403K

    SP - Aaron Harang - $11MM
    SP - Bronson Arroyo - $9.5MM
    SP - Edinson Volquez - $400K
    SP - Johnny Cueto - $400K
    SP - Micah Owings - $402K
    RP - Francisco Cordero - $12MM
    RP - Jared Burton - $400K
    RP - Mike Lincoln - $2MM
    RP - Arthur Rhodes - $2MM
    RP - Bill Bray - $400K
    RP - Nick Masset - $400K


    Other commitments: Yonder Alonso - $400K Rotation candidates: Daryl Thompson - $400K, Homer Bailey - $400K, Ramon Ramirez - $400K

    2009 payroll obligations to former players (buyouts):

    Stanton .5M, Ross .375M, Castro .1M total = .975M

    We have to pay half of the 4 mil buyout on Jr's trade to the Sox. But we also got 2 mil from the Orioles in the Hernandez deal. So that is a trade-off.

    Weathers accepted arbitration (1 yr deal). He got 2.75 last season. Lets assume he gets a raise to 3.2M

    Now I realize that my math may not be an exact science; but I think it's in the "ballpark", and we're looking at a payroll commitment right now of 70.425M

    If there are omissions or errors, then please feel free to correct me. There are still some arb cases right? Also - what about deferred monies to Jr, which we are obligated for til around 2024. Shouldn't that be figured into that '09 figure above?

    Now Bob C said the payroll will raise to somewhere in the range of 80M+.

    They say they are still looking for the RH's power hitting LFer.

    There just ain't much wiggle room there folks.

    I'm excited!
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    I hate to be generic here but this was my post on Walt initially. If I had to grade Bob right now I would go with a C -. He talks a good game but I have seen him replace a Mgr. (Mackanin) and GM (Krivsky) with guys who are arguably worse and he hasn't stopped the losing. I think his heart is in the right place so I give him the benefit of the doubt but is he duping me? I don't think he is duping me but I have to wonder. I also have to wonder if he will ever figure it all out.

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    I'd have to say C at best if I look at it from an unbiased perspective. If I do the opposite then there is no "C" there is only A or bust and in that regard he's a bust.

    I'm not so sure I feel all that comfortable judging him though because there is no way to judge him completely fairly. He has someone to answer and so far the lip service from ownership has not matched up to the actions made by either of his GM's. So what's the problem? I hardly doubt 2 different GM's have purposely ignored his pleas for the losing to stop now. Or that they were both too incompetent to get the job done. What I am starting to see is an owner who is one clever salesman who has now hired a competent gm in terms of managing expectations. Walt gives us enough info to let us believe we are on the right track but tempers expectations with convenient and even somewhat logical excuses. So that when he carries out their actual plan he can blame it on something other than intent without completely losing his credibility.

    Wayne's biggest mistake seems more apparent than ever, he didn't allow for us to believe in immediate contention because he didn't believe it. Walt doesn't believe it either but understands how important it is to create the illusion that they are trying. Krivskys style be it difficult to follow was in retrospect a lot less cruel and unusual at least.
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    I think your numbers for Encarnacion are off by about $3.5 Million bucks. Your Weathers numbers are low as well IMO - probably would add another $1 Million there. Mike Lincoln will only make $1.5 Million in '09. Assuming the rest of your math is right, that puts the team at about $75 Million. You also need to figure on a couple million for the rest of the 40 Man roster. Even at AAA Salaries with some guys spending part time at the big league level while guys are on the DL, those guys won't be free. At one point I read that the team may be willing to go as high as mid-80s. I'm guessing the economy, and lower season ticket projections, may have scaled that back to $80 Million or lower. There is also the matter of new stadium exemptions from revenue sharing for both of the NY teams. That surely will lower the amount of money coming in.

    If the team passes on Lincoln and Taveras and goes with the likes of Roenicke and Dickerson in those positions, they would have $8 to $10 Million. That is more than enough to help the offense in LF. It may not get the ideal MVP candidate RBI man, but would get them some run production. By squandering even that seemingly small chunk of the budget, I'm guessing we're stuck with Jerry Hairston JR for a couple million instead (more squandering IMO).

    I'm guessing they may end up with some insurance money on Gonzalez because I think the idea of him actually playing is still a huge uncertainty. Unfortunately it won't be anything they can plan on having when planning the roster. Hopefully they can deal a couple of the minimum making Rotation/Pen candidates for a young defensive SS with offensive upside. Another idea may be to deal Weathers and his arb case to free up some room. Teams are always looking for decent middle guys and the commitment would only be for a year which might be attractive. I think a deal with the Yankees (who really need a guy like Weathers) for one of the excess OF (Swisher? Nady?) might be a way to redistribute some of the budget to some offense without taking on much additional money. The Reds have plenty of kids or starter alternates to plug into the bullpen.

    As for my grade on Cast? I think he's a lot of hot air, but I don't blame anyone for holding the spending down to the revenue levels. I would not expect any owner to take money out of his/her pocket beyond their initial investment in the team to finance the team's operations. Since this is a partnership, I think the minority owners would also have to agree to put in their proportional amount or the decision would be in violation of the partnership agreement. If I understand it, Cast can make the decision to break-even, but he can not knowingly allow a budget that would require additional investment without approval of the other partners. If the Reds have a line of credit available, Cast could make the decision to borrow from it to increase the payroll. If they did that, I'd call that a stupid decision and I hope they haven't.

    So, I guess I give him an F for speaking out of ignorance and another F for meddling in the Managerial decision last year. But the budget is not as flexible as many here would believe and the allocation is largely on the GMs IMO. He gets an A for stepping up and allowing a portion of the budget for investment in the international signings (Duran, Rodriguez, Arias, Guillon, etc.) and the money poured into the farm system by signing late round picks like Sulbarren to early round money. I give him a B for bringing back some former Reds and getting them involved in Spring Training (about time Jim Maloney got some respect). Overall I give him a C-.
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    Total payroll has risen from $60MM in 2006 to $74MM in 2008.

    Median salary has risen from $550K in 2006 to $1.25MM in 2008.

    Bob has put some money into this franchise. I think a big problem is that it was spent on the wrong people. And I wouldn't put that on him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mth123 View Post
    I think your numbers for Encarnacion are off by about $3.5 Million bucks.
    Where are you getting that figure from? You have to have 3 years of service time to be arb eligible, and according to Cot's Baseball Page he only has a little over 2 years after the '08 season. Now they still have to offer him a contract for '09; but knowing this FO he'll get a modest raise most likely for '09, and then deal with him after the season.

    Some of the other numbers you inject are probably true. So we're still looking somewhere in the area of the low 70's as far as committed monies so far.

    I'd love to see them get rid of the Cordero contract, which they can't do till after the '09 season thanks to a no-trade clause. I'm still amazed (and appalled) at the contract we gave this guy. 12M/yr for the next three years.

    As far as other big money contracts that end after the '09 season, you got Hernandez and Gonzo. After the '10 season, you're looking at Harang, Arroyo, Taveras, Lincoln, Rhodes.

    It's one of the reasons why I'm not so hard on Jocketty, because he wasn't here and had nothing to do with guaranteed contracts. I'm not saying they are al bad contracts, but only that they are still committed monies on the books that he can do little about unless he is able to work out a trade somewhere.

    And right now the climate (attitude) is that teams are holding fast onto their propects for the most part, which is usually a keymark part of the demand in most trade scenarios. So if you're unwilling to part with prospects in order to make a trade, then that only leaves you with the avenue of spending on the FA market.

    I fully agree that this FO - and again the finger of blame shoud go to Bob C and the other owners - when it comes to wisely spending their money, and getting the most "bang" for their bucks. When the highest paid player on your team is the closer then IMHO something is askewer.

    Jocketty, IMHO, is in a scenario right now that I don't think he ever faced while with the Cards. Especially when it comes to a FO management.

    Of course if he gets frustrated and leaves - because he only has a gentleman's agreement with Bob - then that leaves us with Bavasi as the back-up.

    Now someone tell me there isn't something wrong with the thinking (approach) of this current FO? How is it better then the former?
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    Quote Originally Posted by edabbs44 View Post
    Total payroll has risen from $60MM in 2006 to $74MM in 2008.

    Median salary has risen from $550K in 2006 to $1.25MM in 2008.

    Bob has put some money into this franchise. I think a big problem is that it was spent on the wrong people. And I wouldn't put that on him.
    Why wouldn't you put that on him?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    Now Bob C said the payroll will raise to somewhere in the range of 80M+.

    They say they are still looking for the RH's power hitting LFer.

    There just ain't much wiggle room there folks.

    I'm excited!
    Spending money just because you want to increase payroll is a bad way to go about it. Eric Milton is the result of that philosophy.

    I have no doubt that Cast wants to win and is committed to do so. He also seems to have more knowledge on how to do so than owners in the past. He has pored money into Latin America and the Draft. I think the "Win Now" is more window dressing than reality. What are you going to tell a fan base that has seen a decade plus of losing? How much patience are those fans going to have? He still needs to sell seats, boxes, TV, Radio, and Advertisement in order to generate income.

    None of us really know what the trade market holds right now. No one knows what each team and each player demands. I would be fine for a Homer Dye trade but only if the Sox throw in some money. But what if the trade is held up because the Sox don't want to throw in any money and Dye wants his option picked up? I don't think that would be a very good trade for the Reds.

    It seems to me that most trades tend to come out of left field. Nothing is really known until the terms are pretty much agreed upon. But as for Mr "Win Now" he has done nothing to interrupt our young core of players. He has kept that intact resisting to trade Cueto for Blanton or include Votto and Cueto for Berdard. He has continued to develop the minors and hasn't Schotted the system. In reality he has done everything I would have hoped for when he bought the club. Over his off season and next off season I expect to see a big splash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    Where are you getting that figure from? You have to have 3 years of service time to be arb eligible, and according to Cot's Baseball Page he only has a little over 2 years after the '08 season. Now they still have to offer him a contract for '09; but knowing this FO he'll get a modest raise most likely for '09, and then deal with him after the season.

    Some of the other numbers you inject are probably true. So we're still looking somewhere in the area of the low 70's as far as committed monies so far.

    I'd love to see them get rid of the Cordero contract, which they can't do till after the '09 season thanks to a no-trade clause. I'm still amazed (and appalled) at the contract we gave this guy. 12M/yr for the next three years.

    As far as other big money contracts that end after the '09 season, you got Hernandez and Gonzo. After the '10 season, you're looking at Harang, Arroyo, Taveras, Lincoln, Rhodes.

    It's one of the reasons why I'm not so hard on Jocketty, because he wasn't here and had nothing to do with guaranteed contracts. I'm not saying they are al bad contracts, but only that they are still committed monies on the books that he can do little about unless he is able to work out a trade somewhere.

    And right now the climate (attitude) is that teams are holding fast onto their propects for the most part, which is usually a keymark part of the demand in most trade scenarios. So if you're unwilling to part with prospects in order to make a trade, then that only leaves you with the avenue of spending on the FA market.

    I fully agree that this FO - and again the finger of blame shoud go to Bob C and the other owners - when it comes to wisely spending their money, and getting the most "bang" for their bucks. When the highest paid player on your team is the closer then IMHO something is askewer.

    Jocketty, IMHO, is in a scenario right now that I don't think he ever faced while with the Cards. Especially when it comes to a FO management.

    Of course if he gets frustrated and leaves - because he only has a gentleman's agreement with Bob - then that leaves us with Bavasi as the back-up.

    Now someone tell me there isn't something wrong with the thinking (approach) of this current FO? How is it better then the former?
    EdE is on Cots Arb eligible list and Rotoworld also shows him as arb eligible. He'll get near $4 Million IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    Where are you getting that figure from? You have to have 3 years of service time to be arb eligible, and according to Cot's Baseball Page he only has a little over 2 years after the '08 season.
    Cott's hasn't been updated through 2008. It has Encarnacion at 2.085, but he should be 3.085. He is arb eligible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bucksfan2 View Post
    Spending money just because you want to increase payroll is a bad way to go about it. Eric Milton is the result of that philosophy.
    Certainly wasn't advocating that. But since Bob has become owner, we've also given out monies that we shouldn't have IMO.

    Quote Originally Posted by bucksfan2 View Post
    I have no doubt that Cast wants to win and is committed to do so. He also seems to have more knowledge on how to do so than owners in the past. He has pored money into Latin America and the Draft.....

    But as for Mr "Win Now" he has done nothing to interrupt our young core of players. He has kept that intact resisting to trade Cueto for Blanton or include Votto and Cueto for Berdard. He has continued to develop the minors and hasn't Schotted the system. In reality he has done everything I would have hoped for when he bought the club. Over his off season and next off season I expect to see a big splash.
    I'm certainly in agreement there and give him that. He has kept our core young talent, while investing in player development in other markets. But some of those Latin players they signed are at a minimum of 5-7 years away. I look at our farm system overall, and while they may be better talent there then previously, there are still question marks in various areas, and the near-ready talent is slim.

    And the guy who acquired a vast majority of that talent is gone.

    We've had this discussion last year; but this FO, as far as direction/approach, seems to be turning in circles with really no set sense of where they are trying to take this organization.

    If you are still several years away, due to developing youth in the farms, then why spend (waste?) the large amounts of money you have on some of these contracts when that window is closing fast on them (2010) as far as developing that supporting cast?

    I really have no idea as to what "model" they are trying to follow. We know it's can't be that of the big market teams. Yet it's really not like similar franchises like the As, Twin, Marlins, and Tampa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    I'm certainly in agreement there and give him that. He has kept our core young talent, while investing in player development in other markets. But some of those Latin players they signed are at a minimum of 5-7 years away. I look at our farm system overall, and while they may be better talent there then previously, there are still question marks in various areas, and the near-ready talent is slim.

    And the guy who acquired a vast majority of that talent is gone.

    We've had this discussion last year; but this FO, as far as direction/approach, seems to be turning in circles with really no set sense of where they are trying to take this organization.

    If you are still several years away, due to developing youth in the farms, then why spend (waste?) the large amounts of money you have on some of these contracts when that window is closing fast on them (2010) as far as developing that supporting cast?

    I really have no idea as to what "model" they are trying to follow. We know it's can't be that of the big market teams. Yet it's really not like similar franchises like the As, Twin, Marlins, and Tampa.
    I would submit that the organization to model is the Twins. The A's build to blow up philosophy has put them in a rut over the last 5 years. The Fish while successful will only succeed in a non baseball town such as Miami. Tampa built their team by being awful, more awful than the Reds and collecting high draft picks. If you want to model your team after the Rays it would take 3 years or more of finishing as one of the worst teams in baseball.

    The size of the Reds payroll doesn't mean much to me until it prohibits them from making the proper move. I didn't see the Reds being players in the CC, Tex, or Burnett markets nor did I want them to sign them for as expensive or as long term as the teams did. Payroll will become an issue for me if the Reds aren't willing to fork over 5M or 10M in order to put them over the top. Thats when the alarm will sound for me and this current Reds organization.

    I think the appearance of spinning their wheels is due to the Reds trying to remain competitive while also building for 2009, 2010, and on. Fire sale wasn't really an option for the Reds because their commodities weren't marketable. IMO an A's type fire sale wouldn't have brought the Reds much in return.

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    Right now, I'd give Bob a B grade.

    Let me explain. I don't blame the owner for any player acquisions, unless they are very meddling, like Stienbrenner who forced the Yanks to sign Sheffield when the GM wanted Vald Guerrero.

    IMO, the owners' job is to let the GM do his job, not to be a tightwad, hire the right people, etc.

    BobC seemed to be very free with giving money to Wayne. Wayne spent it on the wrong people.

    So far, Walt has not made a big move yet that involved money. In all fairness to Bob, we should wait until Walt is able to pull off a good move that would require more money and then see what BobC's reaction is. BobC was willing to take on approximately 2-3 million (I forget the exact amount) for Hernandez. That's a good sign. He was also willing to let the Reds go to arb with Weathers. I am going to assume that he was willing to absorb at least a big chunk of Dye's salary as well.

    There's no doubt that BobC has spent more money on the draft and Latin America than probably any owner in my lifetime. Sure, some of that is due to inflation, but last year he had an incredible investment there. Hopefullly, that investment will bear fruit so that the Reds will continue to fund that way of talent acquision. It's so nice to see the Reds draft the guy they thought was the best player available (Yonder), despite his big salary demands, etc.

    If the Reds surprise me with a major FA acquision or a trade where they take on significant salary, I'd probably move Cast up to an "A" at this point. I really can't think of anything to criticize him on. He made a mistake (IMO) of hiring Wayne, but Wayne was certainly a reasonable choice. I know some people here hate the Dusty move. Maybe it wasn't the wisest use of funds, but IMO, Dusty is certainly a reasonable choice, and I like the fact that BobC didn't want to go the "lowest bidder" route on manager, as the Reds have done historically.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bucksfan2 View Post
    I would submit that the organization to model is the Twins.
    In thorough agreement there too.

    The size of the Reds payroll doesn't mean much to me until it prohibits them from making the proper move.
    But don't you think it has in some sense? We obviously couldn't afford an Adam Dunn, yet we forked out 12M/year for the next 3 years to a closer. We extended Bronson Arroyo needlessly IMO. We've spent money on peripheral (marginal) players - and still are - which takes away from an already limited budget to either acquire or hold onto quality players.

    I can remember when we use to spend the money on the position players, while trying to patch together a pitching staff on shoe strings. Now it appears it's the other way around.

    I'm a firm believer - though I don't put as much into as some on here do - in statistical analysis for evaluating, acquiring, and building your farm system (team). You have to have the right people in that FO though who adhere to it (buy in), and do their homework.

    I don't think this FO does that at all. Not when I hear not just Baker, but now Jocketty, gush over speed, and how he is excited to have Taveras at the top of this order.

    This is another area where I have problems with Jocketty. He heavily relies on underlings for advice and player evaluation. Jamie Quirk, a new member of this FO, watched Taveras last year while working as a bench coach for the Rockies. In fact, it was Quirk who pushed Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty toward acquiring the 27-year-old Dominican.

    He WATCHED him.

    "We tried to do a trade with Colorado for Taveras earlier, but it didn't work out," Jocketty said. "When the Rockies didn't tender him (offer him a contract), we called his agent and got this done." About his fallen batting average and on-base percentage, Jocketty said, "Jamie Quirk believes Willy got away from his game plan. He needs to bunt more and keep the ball on the ground and get some infield hits. I don't know if he tried to hit home runs or what, but Jamie thinks he changed his approach and that we can get him back to where he was in 2007."


    http://www.daytondailynews.com/sport...tlid=inform_sr

    Hey Walt! Why do you think the Rockies basically non-tendered this guy?

    So can we call the Taveras signing a "quirk"?


    I didn't see the Reds being players in the CC, Tex, or Burnett markets nor did I want them to sign them for as expensive or as long term as the teams did.

    They never will. Which is why I agree with you that they need to follow the model of a Twins and/or As, where your farm system is strong enough, and you keep it strong, by turning over those productive players that are pricing themselves out of your market at some point.


    Jocketty has always been the type of GM that primarily is on the other end of that spectrum, looking to snap those players up at the opportune time - not having to deal with trading them away (or lose them), while getting a good return in the form of prospects. I don't think that's his forte.
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    The Twins model is about right. The Twins owner is a billionaire and the 2nd richest owner in baseball. He puts the profits in his pocket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    But don't you think it has in some sense? We obviously couldn't afford an Adam Dunn, yet we forked out 12M/year for the next 3 years to a closer. We extended Bronson Arroyo needlessly IMO. We've spent money on peripheral (marginal) players - and still are - which takes away from an already limited budget to either acquire or hold onto quality players.
    We don't really know the reason the Reds didn't sign Adam Dunn. To say that it is monetarily is pure speculation.


    I'm a firm believer - though I don't put as much into as some on here do - in statistical analysis for evaluating, acquiring, and building your farm system (team). You have to have the right people in that FO though who adhere to it (buy in), and do their homework.
    I am in agreement here. The FO needs to take full advantage of all the tools at its disposal. While I don't necessarily agree or like the Jamesian philosophy of baseball it is important to have a few disciples on every FO staff. You need to build a FO with all different types of ideas, opinion, and tactics that have a good working relationship. I would be surprised if the Reds FO discarded a sabermetric approach when making FO moves.

    I don't think this FO does that at all. Not when I hear not just Baker, but now Jocketty, gush over speed, and how he is excited to have Taveras at the top of this order.

    This is another area where I have problems with Jocketty. He heavily relies on underlings for advice and player evaluation. Jamie Quirk, a new member of this FO, watched Taveras last year while working as a bench coach for the Rockies. In fact, it was Quirk who pushed Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty toward acquiring the 27-year-old Dominican.

    He WATCHED him.
    The Reds also picked up Phillips because some scout watched him. Liked what he saw, thought he would be a good risk. Jamie Quirk may have noticed something mechanically wrong with his swing or batting approach. He may have found something that Taveras does when he is struggling and something he doesn't do when he is successful. To completely throw watching, analysis, dissection of the human element of the game is wrong as well.

    They never will. Which is why I agree with you that they need to follow the model of a Twins and/or As, where your farm system is strong enough, and you keep it strong, by turning over those productive players that are pricing themselves out of your market at some point.

    Jocketty has always been the type of GM that primarily is on the other end of that spectrum, looking to snap those players up at the opportune time - not having to deal with trading them away (or lose them), while getting a good return in the form of prospects. I don't think that's his forte.
    From what I have seen both Jocketty and Cast are committed to the farm system. They have pumped in a ton of money into Latin American and signed Alonso over slot something that previous front offices have failed to do. To be honest I don't really want the Reds to operate like the A's. Ever since Moneyball came out Billy Beane has been christened as the great, new era GM when in reality his results have been lackluster. His building of the farm system but ever since the Tejada, Giambi, Mulder, Hudson, and Zito teams (steroid era) the A's haven't had much success. I really think its even money as to whether Holliday is on the A's after the all star break.

    From what Jocketty has done in the past and to what he has said in public I think he has a firm understand of the sabermetric approach. Again I would highly doubt if he completely discounted it when making baseball decisions. Jocketty in his tenure with the Cards seemed to always be on the better end of trades. The only trade where he looked like he got fleeced was the Mulder for Haren trade. If your talking about trades then I am fully confident in him I just hope that he lest the minor league staff operate freely. It looks so far like Jocketty has let the minor league staff do what they want which is promising.


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