Bloody Sox wrote:Yeah, Theo has done a phenomenal job with the scouting department and drafting talent. He's done fine in the trading department as well - no blockbusters, but that's a function of him not trading away the farm for short-sighted goals. But the free agent signings have been atrocious. The Drew and Lugo signings were unbelievably bad from Day 1, and have only managed to get worse over time. They made absolutely no sense, since neither guy had done anything to justify those dollars. And even worse, the stupid Drew deal is making it tough to sign Bay since that contract is being used as a benchmark by Bay's agent (IMO). And thanks for reminding me about Renteria - that one at least looked good on paper to begin with. Surprised no one has mentioned Dice-K yet...
On the whole, I'd give Theo a "B".
That's a pretty sound analysis.
Prospect development: A (Youkilis, Ellsbury, Pedroia, Papelbon, Lester, Buchholz)
Free Agency: C- (Drew, Dice-K, Lugo, Renteria have not worked out, he gets a big plus from landing Ortiz though)
Trades: C (He really hasn't made that many trades. The Manny trade was a net loss for me when they had to pay Manny and Bay last season plus lose Hansen and Moss, but he made the best of what he had. He gave up Arroyo for WMP who was a decent inning eater, though not a major loss. He has mostly traded role players other than that. It makes me wonder how much he really values his prospects vs. how gun shy he is to roll the dice on trading prospects for a big name player. They're busting at the seams with pitching prospects that they don't have room for, but he seems afraid to trade them for an impact player like V-Mart or A-Gon.)
Overall: Solid B/B+ (He's done so well with developing that it has offset a lack of trades and lackluster FA signings and then some. You can't argue with 2 WS in his 6 fulls seasons.)