If anybody should be going on a rant it's Jays fans ranting about JP.
Since he's come here, as part of his 5 yr plan he has let get away Shannon Stewart, Felipe Lopez, David Bush, Orlando Hudson, Chris Carpenter and Brandon Lyon. He has traded for Hinske and Overbay but I can't think of a single trade that he has won except for maybe the Speier and Hillenbrand trades but then he managed to waste them as well. In 2005 when our payroll was $5M he was given an extra $210M to spend over the next 3 yrs and he has bungled it. The worst thing that he has done IMO is neglecting our minors. He has traded away prospects and generally ignored our minors. We had one of the best systems and now baseball america ranks our prospects as 25th in the majors.
Okay, a lot of misinformation there.
Trading away Shannon Stewart at the trade deadline in '03 was a good thing. It was a something for nothing kind of deal, and Stewart has regressed in a huge way over the last few years with many injury problems. His subtraction eventually led the way to openings at the OF positions for Reed Johnson and Alex Rios, both of whom have done a great job there, and are signed for cheap.
Trading away Felipe Lopez at the time wasn't a great deal, and it's true, we've never really gotten anything out of that, but JP did it under the assumption that Russ Adams wouldn't bust the way he has. Also, Felipe Lopez isn't exactly the kind of SS I'd want starting in Toronto. He's terrible offensively, and he's had to move to 2B because his defense wasn't up to par there.
I'd consider trading Dave Bush for Lyle Overbay to be one of his better deals so far. Bush has been a consistent underachiever with the Brewers, while Overbay put up a career year for us last year and he reamins one of our better offensive players.
How could trading Orlando Hudson be seen as a bad move at this point? He brought us the power bat we needed in 2006 in Troy Glaus (who's one of the best hitting 3B in the AL), and it opened up a spot at second base for Aaron Hill who has become one of the best defense 2B in the league, a cheaper and younger alternative.
Letting Chris Carpenter and Brandon Lyon (and heck, why not add Chad Gaudin on there) don't look good, but we gave those guys all the chances in the world to prove it at the ML level that they belonged there (specifically in the case of Chris Carpenter). With Chris, we would have had to sign the guy for a whole season while he was rehabbing, and based on his prior performance with the team, I don't fault JP for making the decision he did there. I didn't see anybody complaining about letting those 3 go when those moves happened, so you can't play armchair GM about something like that after the fact.
JP didn't trade for Hinske, that was Gord Ash.
And $210M over 3 years comes out to 70M a season, which is still well below the average payroll in Major League Baseball, and far below the Yankees/Red Sox's payroll. We're still not exactly playing with a full deck here.
And yes I agree, our minor league system isn't that good, but it seems to be producing major league players at a decent clip. Aaron Hill, Shaun Marcum, Casey Janssen, Adam Lind, Jesse Litsch, and Curtis Thigpen are all Ricciardi draft picks.