[quote="daniel80111"][quote="stumpak"][quote="fantasyfiend"]And the writers ran DePodesta out of town for this?[/quote]
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.[/quote]
We should have some patience, I think it will come together at some point this season. I know Colletti personally, and I think he knows what he's doing.
I like the kids getting broken in into the majors at a good pace, and also the Takashi Saito scouting/signing.[/quote]
I don't see how knowing Coletti personally is germane to evaluating the outcome of his major transactions. Sure he may be a nice guy and even create confidence on a personal basis, but the record says that he is an idiot, plain and simple. Ineed he does not know what he is doing, unless you somehow think it is an accomplishment to pay Juan Pierre, Jason Schmidt and Andrew Jones almost $40M.
Saito does not make up for this. Even Isiah Thomas had a success rate of better than 25%. Plus, it seems pretty evident that the "bringing young players along slowly" dynamic is really just an excuse for having a bunch of bad contracts that inhibit playing time.