My favorite was the Ryan Madson signing because even though it didn't work out it was the kind of creative, win-now type move I had never seen out of my Reds before...
Scott Rolen transformed the culture of the organization. He gave the young talent an example, every day/night, of how a Hall of Famer prepares, plays, and carries himself as a ballplayer.
By far my favorite deal Walt has made.
24 Years and Counting...
I put Chapman #1 as it singled the start of a new ERA in Cincy. The rest have just added to the fact.
I had to go with the Chapman signing. The upside is much higher than with any of his other acquisitions. Not only that, but the Reds would have never been suspected to pull off a move like that.
How do we know he's not Mel Torme?
I voted Chapman because it was both non-obvious (as opposed to the Latos deal, where we had obvious excess talent) and a game changer from a perception standpoint. That signing announced that the Reds weren't messing around.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Chapman....it was the first time in a very long time I felt that this organization was done jacking around.
"Boys, I'm one of those umpires that misses 'em every once in a while so if it's close, you'd better hit it." Cal Hubbard
Besides the deal that brought Walt to Cincy, I agree with most sentiments about Aroldis. Complete game changer.
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Rolen. Transformed the ballclub.
I went with Chapman because it was just so completely out of LF. Huge signing and I wasn't expecting anything like it.
Does hiring Walt Jocketty count as a Walt Jocketty move? Previous GM's were okay at finding talent, but none of them could close a deal like WJ.
"Iíll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. Thatís just how I do things.Ē -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013
Latos. It was the tipping point from pretty good staff to a dominant one.
This is the day of the expanding man...
How about NOT trading Homer Bailey for Jermaine Dye, or even worse- Votto and Bailey for Erik Bedard (or was that Krivsky?)
Clicked on Chapman. Meant to click on Latos.