fantasyfiend wrote:And the writers ran DePodesta out of town for this?
DePodesta really got screwed over. Any success the Dodgers are having is attributable to his very wise decision in '03-'04 not to squander prospects to win 5 more games and get swept in the first round instead of making the playoffs.
DePodesta kept the core of young talent in tact while all Colletti has done is come in with completely idiotic signings - Pierre, Jones, Wolf, Schmidt. The jury can still be said to be out on Jones, but the result were horrible in the other three cases. Colletti has handed a golden situation of a team with great young talent and tons of payroll flexibility, and he pissed it away with stupid FA signings that any informed person could say wwere misguided before the ink dried. He now has a situation where superior young players are being blocked by his albotross contracts.
And this isn't even getting into some of the other questionable trades that could have backfired on him, like Lugo for Guzman, who defied everyone's expectations and wound up sucking.