Philadelphia Phillies: Grading Every GM in Franchise History

Greg PintoCorrespondent IMay 18, 2012

Philadelphia Phillies: Grading Every GM in Franchise History

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    Being a general manager in MLB can be incredibly rewarding or incredibly infuriating. Of course, as with most things in this game, that depends on just how successful you are.

    If you were the general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1980 or 2008, you'll probably never have to pay for another meal in this town. The math is simple: When a GM's team is going well, he rides on cloud nine. He becomes the master assembler who fit all of the pieces together, like the perfect jigsaw puzzle.

    General managers for losing teams don't have as much fun as their winning colleagues. When the product on the field is less than impressive, the general manager shoulders a large chunk of the blame. They made all of the wrong decisions. The pieces don't fit.

    Anyone with a passing knowledge of the Phillies' history knows that they have had their share of each of those seasons—the really good ones and the really bad ones. They've even had a quite a few average ones.

    Looking at what the future holds for this club, particularly just how hot Ruben Amaro, Jr.'s seat would be if this Phillies club missed the postseason, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at each of the Phillies' 11 general managers.

    Each general manager will have two slides. The first will give a brief review of their tenure, including some of their best and worst transactions as well as draft picks (if applicable), and the second will feature my grade of said general manager. Who's been the best? Who knows. But one thing is certain.

    It's been the good, the bad and the ugly.

Tale of the Tape: Herb Pennock

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    Tenure: 1944-48

    Postseason Appearances: Zero

    Notable Free-Agent Signings: Jimmie Foxx

    Notable Amateur Free-Agent Signings: Granny Hamner, Richie Ashburn, Stan Lopata, Bubba Church, Willie Jones, Curt Simmons, Robin Roberts.

     

    Notable Trades

    - Traded Ralph Lapointe to the St. Louis Cardinals for Dick Sisler.

    - Traded Monk Dubiel and Dutch Leonard to the Chicago Cubs for Eddie Waitkus and Hank Borowy.

    Other Notable Transactions: Chuck Klein (released), Dutch Leonard (purchased contract from Washington Senators), Ken Heintzleman (purchased contract from Pittsburgh Pirates) and Jim Konstanty (minor league working agreement with Toronto.)

Herb Pennock

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    Grade: B

    When Herb Pennock took over as the Phillies general manager, it was a role that was still being defined in a large portion of the game. As a player, Pennock had an excellent career that led him to the Hall of Fame, and many thought that he'd apply the same principles that made him a great general on the field to life off of the field, and in many ways, he did.

    Pennock was responsible for bringing in two future Hall of Famers and Phillies all-time greats—Richie Ashburn and Robin Roberts—as amateur free agents.

    Though he was out as general manager by 1948, Pennock was responsible for assembling a majority of that exciting 1950 "Whiz Kids" club, including Ashburn, Roberts, Granny Hamner, Stan Lopata, Bubba Church, Willie Jones, Curt Simmons, Ken Heintzelman, Jim Konstanty, Dick Sisler and Eddie Waitkus.

    He made two trades as general manager, and in hindsight, won both of them, landing Sisler and Waitkus.

    Pennock didn't have a long tenure as GM, but it was a good one.

Tale of the Tape: Robert R. M. Carpenter Jr.

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    Tenure: 1950-53

    Postseason Appearances: One

    Notable Free-Agent Signings: None

    Notable Amateur Free-Agent Signings: Turk Farrell

     

    Notable Trades

    - Traded Niles Jordan, Eddie Pellagrini, Andy Seminick, and Dick Sisler to the Cincinnati Reds for Smokey Burgess, Howie Fox and Connie Ryan.

    Other Notable Transactions: None

Robert R. M. Carpenter Jr.

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    Grade: D

    After the Carpenter Family took over the Phillies front office, the organization would go through some turbulent times on the field. Robert R. M. Carpenter, Jr. became the general manager prior to the 1950 season, and though the Phillies would appear in the World Series that season, he had little to do with it.

    His predecessor, Herb Pennock had put almost all of the pieces to that club together, and Carpenter did next to nothing to complement the roster handed to him.

    He didn't make many moves as the GM, and his two notable transactions came under "the good and the bad." Carpenter signed long-time reliever Turk Farrell, and he really helped the club's bullpen.

    But Carpenter also sent Andy Seminick and Dick Sisler, among others, to the Cincinnati Reds for almost nothing in return.

    Under his watch, the talented "Whiz Kids" grew up and faded away, and the Phillies were the last franchise to break the "color line."

Tale of the Tape: Roy Hamey

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    Tenure: 1954-58

    Postseason Appearances: None

    Notable Free-Agent Signings: None

    Notable Amateur Free-Agent Signings: Dallas Green, Art Mahaffey

     

    Notable Trades

    - Traded Smokey Burgess, Stan Palys, and Steve Ridzik to the Cincinnati Redlegs for Glen Gorbous, Jim Greengrass and Andy Seminick

    - Traded Del Ennis to the St. Louis Cardinals for Bobby Morgan and Rip Repulski

    - Traded Mel Geho, Tim Harkness, Ron Negray, Elmer Valo, Ben Flowers, and $75k to the Brooklyn Dodgers for Chico Fernandez

    - Traded Jack Sanford to San Francisco Giants for Ruben Gomez and Valmy Thomas

    - Traded Jim Golden, Rip Repulski, and Gene Snyder to Los Angeles Dodgers for Sparky Anderson

    Other Notable Transactions: Ed Bouchee (purchased contract from Spokane)

Roy Hamey

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    Grade: C

    After cutting his teeth with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Roy Hamey would take over for Robert R. M. Carpenter, Jr., who, as the owner, moved into a role more suited for his talents. On the same note, Hamey's work was certainly cut out for him.

    Carpenter had done nothing to supplement the talented roster that brought the Phillies success in 1950, and now, moving forward, that was Hamey's job.

    Hamey got to work immediately, with his preferred transaction being the trade. Over his four years as GM, he brought in talents like Andy Seminick, Chico Fernandez and Sparky Anderson.

    Needless to say, nothing he did really revived the franchise. The Phillies were spiraling out of control, and in some aspects, Hamey certainly wasn't helping. He pulled the trigger on a deal too quick that would send former Rookie of the Year Jack Sanford to the San Francisco Giants, and he dealt Del Ennis to the St. Louis Cardinals for minimal return.

    Though it didn't necessarily hurt the Phillies, he overpaid for both Fernandez and Anderson in their respective trades. 

    One of Hamey's most positive transactions was to bring in the Phillies' first African-American player, John Irvin Kennedy.

    At the end of the day, Hamey wasn't a great GM, but he was better than Carpenter.

Tale of the Tape: John Quinn

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    Tenure: 1959-72

    Postseason Appearances: Zero

    Notable Free Agent Signings: None

    Notable Amateur Free Agent Signings: Dick Allen, Larry Bowa, Rick Wise

    Notable Draft Picks: Larry Hisle, Greg Luzinski, Mike Schmidt

     

    Notable Trades

    - Traded Gene Freese to Chicago White Sox for Johnny Callison

    - Traded Ed Bouchee and Don Cardwell to Chicago Cubs for Tony Taylor and Cal Neeman

    - Traded Harry Anderson and Wally Post to Cincinnati Reds for Tony Gonzalez and Lee Walls

    - Traded Turk Farrell and Joe Koppe to Los Angeles Dodgers for Don Demeter and Charley Smith

    - Traded Bobby Del Grecco to Kansas City Athletics for Wes Covington

    - Traded Jim Owens to Cincinnati Reds for Cookie Rojas

    - Traded Don Demeter and Jack Hamilton to Detroit Tigers for Jim Bunning and Gus Triandos

    - Traded cash to Washington Senators for Ed Roebuck

    - Traded Rick Wise to St. Louis Cardinals for Steve Carlton

    - Traded John Herrnstein, Fergie Jenkins, and Adolfo Phillips to Chicago Cubs for Bob Buhl and Larry Jackson

    - Traded Jim Bunning to Pittsburgh Pirates for Harold Clem, Woody Fryman, Don Money and Bill Laxton

    - Traded Dick Allen, Jerry Johnson, and Cookie Rojas to St. Louis Cardinals for Curt Flood, Byron Browne, Joe Hoerner and Tim McCarver. Flood refused to report. St. Louis sent Willie Montanez and Jim Browning.

    - Traded Johnny Callison and Larry Colton to Chicago Cubs for Oscar Gamble and Dick Selma

    - Traded Larry Hisle to Los Angeles for Tom Hutton

    Other Notable Transactions: Jack Baldschun (selected in Rule 5 Draft.)

John Quinn

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    Grade: A

    John Quinn was the Theo Epstein or Andrew Friedman of his day. He was the general manager that every club desperately wanted to get their hands on for his baseball pedigree and success with other clubs.

    After winning three pennants and a World Series title with the Boston/Milwaukee Braves, the Phillies were lucky enough to have the opportunity to hire Quinn, and he served as the club's general manager for about 14 seasons to varying degrees of success. 

    Quinn certainly didn't disappoint. He singlehandedly put together one of the most entertaining clubs in franchise history in 1964, before they folded, of course. Quinn brought in guys like Johnny Callison, Tony Taylor, Tony Gonzalez, Cookie Rojas, Jim Bunning, Ed Roebuck and Dick Allen.

    Many people thought that the "Phold" would be the end of Quinn as well, and while he was able to remain the GM and have some success in his transactions, assembling that 1964 club was a majority of the highlight reel of his tenure.

    Of course, Quinn would have a hand in assembling the next great Phillies team. He signed guys Larry Bowa and Rick Wise as amateur free agents, and then, in the final trade of his Phillies' career, Quinn sent Wise to the St. Louis Cardinals for a young lefty by the name of Steve Carlton.

    The first Phillies manager to lead the club into the amateur draft, he selected a couple of the organization's greatest hitters: Mike Schmidt and Greg Luzinski.

    It wasn't all good news for Quinn, however.

    He made one of the worst moves in franchise history when he sent Fergie Jenkins to the Chicago Cubs as part of the deal that brought Larry Jackson to town, and he traded Bunning to the Pittsburgh Pirates for almost nothing.

    Its hard to argue against Quinn's tenure as anything but a success, though. It may not have shown during his time, but he was responsible for bringing the organization's greatest pitcher and hitter, Carlton and Schmidt, respectively, into the fold, and where would the Phillies have been without that duo in the future?

Tale of the Tape: Paul Owens

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    Tenure: 1972-83

    Postseason Appearances: Six (one World Series title)

    Notable Free Agent Signings: Pete Rose, Joe Hoerner

    Notable Amateur Free Agent Signings: Juan Samuel

    Notable Draft Picks: Tom Underwood, Larry Christenson, John Stearns, Lonnie Smith, Jim Morrison, Ozzie Virgil, Ryne Sandberg, Darren Daulton, Vince Coleman

     

    Notable Trades

     - Traded Bill Champion, Don Money and John Vukovich to Milwaukee Brewers for Ken Brett, Jim Lonborg, Ken Sanders and Earl Stephenson.

    - Traded Joe Lis, Ken Reynolds and Ken Sanders to the Minnesota Twins for Cesar Tovar.

    - Traded Roger Freed and Oscar Gamble to the Cleveland Indians for Terry Wedgewood and Del Unser.

    - Traded Mac Scarce, Del Unser and John Stearns to the New York Mets for Tug McGraw, Don Hahn and Dave Schneck.

    - Traded Willie Montanez to the San Francisco Giants for Garry Maddox.

    - Traded Barry Bonnell, Jim Essian and $150,000 to the Atlanta Braves for Dick Allen and Johnny Oates.

    - Traded Dave Schneck to the Cincinnati Reds for John Vukovich.

    - Traded Mike Anderson to the St. Louis Cardinals for Ron Reed.

    - Traded Alan Bannister, Dick Ruthven and Roy Thomas to the Chicago White Sox for Jim Kaat and Mike Buskey.

    - Traded Rick Bosetti, Tom Underwood and Dane Iorg to the St. Louis Cardinals for Bake McBride and Steve Waterbury.

    - Traded Gene Garber to the Atlanta Braves for Dick Ruthven.

    - Traded Henry Mack, Derek Botelho, Barry Foote, Jerry Martin and Ted Sizemore to the Chicago Cubs for Greg Gross, Dave Rader and Manny Trillo.

    - Traded Bob Walk to the Atlanta Braves for Gary Matthews.

    - Traded Don Larson, Keith Moreland and Dickie Noles to the Chicago Cubs for Mike Krukow, cash.

    - Traded Ryne Sandberg and Larry Bowa to the Chicago Cubs for Ivan de Jesus.

    - Traded Wil Culmer, Jerry Reed and Roy Smith to the Cleveland Indians for John Denny.

    - Traded Jay Baller, Julio Franco, Manny Trillo, George Vukovich and Jerry Willard to the Cleveland Indians for Von Hayes.

    - Traded Charles Penigar, Mark Davis and Mike Krukow to the San Francisco Giants for Al Holland and Joe Morgan.

    - Traded Marty Decker, Ed Wojna, Darren Burroughs and Lance McCullers to the San Diego Padres for Sixto Lezcano and Steven Fireovid.

    Other Notable Transactions: Gene Garber (purchased from Kansas City Royals), George Bell (left unprotected in Rule 5 Draft.)

Paul Owens

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    Grade: A

    Paul Owens' run as the general manager of the Phillies was, unique, to say the least, as he also served as the club's manager in a couple of different stints, but we'll focus on the GM attributes alone here. 

    Owens took over following John Quinn in 1972 and would stick around until 1983, making a long list of transactions in the process. Unlike some of his earlier predecessors, Owens was able to build on the framework that Quinn left him.

    He made a lot of trades, landing a lot of big names. Over the course of his tenure, Owens brought in stars and role players alike, landing guys like Cesar Tovar, Del Unser, Tug McGraw, Garry Maddox, Dick Allen, (re-acquiring) John Vukovich, Ron Reed, Jim Kaat, Bake McBride, Dick Ruthven, Greg Gross, Manny Trillo, Gary Matthews, John Denny, Von Hayes, Al Holland, Joe Morgan and Sixto Lezcano.

    He brought in a number of guys through free agency, including Pete Rose, Joe Hoerner and (amateur free agent) Juan Samuel.

    Owens really made his money through the draft, however. He drafted players like Lonnie Smith, Ryne Sandberg and Darren Daulton, among others.

    There's no doubt that while Quinn gave him the framework to be successful, Owens built an era of dominance for Phillies baseball.

    It wasn't all positive. A lot of people believe that the Phillies should have captured more than one title over that span, as greedy as that may sound.

    Owens made some sloppy deals. Trading Sandberg to the Chicago Cubs is probably the worst trade in franchise history, and he had a tendency to overpay for guys that proved to be mediocre players with the Phillies. He also left a future MVP, George Bell, unprotected in the Rule 5 Draft.

    But it's hard to argue with someone who has an award named after him, as Owens does. He took a roster that Quinn helped build and ran with it. By the time the Phillies began to decline in 1983, Owens had milked them for just about everything they were worth: five trips to the NLCS, two pennants and a World Series title.

Tale of the Tape: Bill Giles

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    Tenure: 1984-87

    Postseason Appearances: Zero

    Notable Free Agent Signings: None

    Notable Amateur Free Agent Signings: None

    Notable Draft Picks: Bruce Ruffin

     

    Notable Trades

    - Traded Frankie Griffin and Al Holland to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Kent Tekulve.

    - Traded Pete Smith and Ozzie Virgil to the Atlanta Braves for Steve Bedrosian and Milt Thompson.

    Other Notable Transactions: None

Bill Giles

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    Grade: C

    Bill Giles' tenure as the Phillies general manager was a short one that only lasted about three seasons, but an interesting one nonetheless.

    With Paul Owens out as the general manager, it would have taken a small miracle for a new GM to turn the Phillies around. Owens had milked his roster for everything it could produce, and the result was a period of recession during Giles' time as GM.

    It certainly didn't help that the club's foundation—guys like Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt—were getting older and leaving their prime years behind them. It also didn't help that Von Hayes, who was supposed to be the next cornerstone, never really lived up to that  hype.

    So, Giles had his work cut out for him. He basically weathered the storm.

    He didn't make any notable free-agent signings and, outside of Bruce Ruffin, didn't bring much talent in the Phillies farm system. He made just two trades, but picked his spots and made out pretty well.

    Al Holland had been pitching well for the Phillies, but Giles sent him to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Kent Tekulve, who gave them a few solid seasons. He would also bring future Cy Young Award winner Steve Bedrosian to town, along with Phillies mainstay Milt Thompson.

    Overall, it was an average tenure.

Tale of the Tape: Woody Woodward

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    Tenure: 1987-88

    Postseason Appearances: Zero

    Notable Free-Agent Signings: None

    Notable Amateur Free-Agent Signings: None

    Notable Draft Picks: Mickey Morandini

    Notable Trades: None

    Other Notable Transactions: None

Woody Woodward

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    Grade: D

    Woody Woodward was the definition of "temporary" general manager in Philadelphia. He replaced Bill Giles in 1987 and was gone by the summer of 1988.

    In that short period of time, Woodward did almost nothing of note, and neither did the Phillies.

    The only thing even remotely worth a mention was his selection of Mickey Morandini in the amateur draft. That's about it. And even then, by the time the Phillies selected Morandini in the fifth round, they had passed on guys like Luis Gonzalez and Marquis Grissom, so it's not like Morandini was a steal or anything.

    Woodward's tenure as Phillies GM was so average that I had trouble putting a grade on it.

    Now his tenure with the Seattle Mariners, on the other hand. Well, that was interesting.

Tale of the Tape: Lee Thomas

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    Tenure: 1988-97

    Postseason Appearances: One

    Notable Free-Agent Signings: Fernando Valenzuela, Danny Tartabull

    Notable Amateur Free-Agent Signings: Ricky Botallico

    Notable Draft Picks: Mike Lieberthal, Scott Rolen, Marlon Anderson, Jimmy Rollins, JD Drew, Randy Wolf.

     

    Notable Trades

    - Traded Chris James to the San Diego Padres for John Kruk and Randy Ready.

    - Traded Steve Bedrosian and Rick Parker to the San Francisco Giants for Dennis Cook, Charlie Hayes and Terry Mulholland.

    - Traded Juan Samuel to the New York Mets for Lenny Dykstra, Roger McDowell and Tom Edens.

    - Traded Jeff Parrett, Jim Vatcher and Victor Rosario to the Atlanta Braves for Dale Murphy.

    - Traded Chuck McElroy and Bob Scanlan to the Chicago Cubs for Mitch Williams.

    - Traded Jason Grimsley to the Houston Astros for Curt Schilling.

    - Traded Joel Adamson and Matt Whisenant to the Florida Marlins for Danny Jackson.

    - Traded Ruben Amaro to the Cleveland Indians for Heathcliff Slocumb.

    - Traded Toby Borland and Ricardo Jordan to the New York Mets for Rico Brogna.

    - Traded Darren Daulton to the Florida Marlins for Billy McMillon.

    - Traded Kevin Stocker to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for Bobby Abreu.

    Other Notable Transactions: Dave Hollins (selected in Rule 5 Draft)

Lee Thomas

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    Grade: B

    The next mainstay at the general manager's position for the Phillies would be former player Lee Thomas, who reigned over the club from after Woody Woodward's departure in 1988 to his dismissal in 1997.

    Thomas is a guy that I feel is often overlooked for his place in Phillies history. He had a hand in bringing a number of talented players into the organization, especially through the draft, where he picked players like Mike Lieberthal, Scott Rolen, Jimmy Rollins and Randy Wolf

    He also played a big part in that Philadelphia-favorite 1993 team, bringing in a good chunk of the roster, and most of it through trades, the best of which was the deal that brought Lenny Dykstra and Roger McDowell to town.

    Through a number of other trades, Thomas also acquired John Kruk, Terry Mulholland, Dale Murphy, Mitch Williams, Curt Schilling and Danny Jackson.

    After the 1993 season, however, Thomas began to fade away along with the on-the-field talent. He made questionable decisions, such as the one that sent Darren Daulton to the rival Florida Marlins, but also made an excellent one, when he sent Kevin Stocker to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for Bobby Abreu.

    He also made one of the worst free-agent signings in the history of the franchise when he inked Danny Tartabull to a ridiculous deal.

    But that hardly marred his tenure. Thomas was a former Executive of the Year for his work during 1993 and a man that I believe is hardly given enough credit for his work, though the Phillies were disappointing following that magical '93 campaign.

Tale of the Tape: Ed Wade

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    Tenure: 1998-2005

    Postseason Appearances: Zero

    Notable Free-Agent Signings: Jose Mesa, David Bell, Jim Thome, Tom Gordon

    Notable Amateur Free-Agent Signings: Carlos Ruiz, Carlos Carrasco, Antonio Bastardo

    Notable Draft Picks: Pat Burrell, Ryan Madson, Nick Punto, Brett Myers, Marlon Byrd, Chase Utley, Gavin Floyd, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Michael Bourn, Brad Ziegler

     

    Notable Trades

     - Traded Mickey Morandini to the Chicago Cubs for Doug Glanville.

    - Traded Paul Spoljaric to the Toronto Blue Jays for Robert Person.

    - Traded Adam Eaton, Carlton Loewer and Steve Montgomery to the San Diego Padres for Andy Ashby.

    - Traded Curt Schilling to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Omar Daal, Travis Lee, Nelson Figueroa and Vicente Padilla.

    - Traded Scott Rolen and Doug Nickle to the St. Louis Cardinals for Bud Smith, Mike Timlin and Placido Polanco.

    - Traded Johnny Estrada to the Atlanta Braves for Kevin Milwood.

    - Traded Ezequiel Astacio, Taylor Buchholz and Brandon Duckworth to the Houston Astros for Billy Wagner.

    - Traded Nick Punto, Carlos Silva and Bobby Korecky to the Minnesota Twins for Eric Milton.

    - Traded Javon Moran, Joe Wilson and Elizardo Ramirez to the Cincinnati Reds for Cory Lidle.

    - Traded Felix Rodriguez to the New York Yankees for Kenny Lofton.

    - Traded Placido Polanco to the Detroit Tigers for Ugueth Urbina and Ramon Martinez.

    - Traded Jim Thome to Chicago White Sox for Aaron Rowand, Gio Gonzalez and Dainel Haigwood.

    Other Notable Transactions: Shane Victorino (drafted in Rule 5 Draft)

Ed Wade

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    Grade: B

    Ed Wade is a guy that takes a lot of heat from fans for his tenure as the Phillies general manager, so if you're one of those people, I'll give you a bit of a disclaimer: I'm about to give Wade a lot of praise for his work.

    When Wade took over as the GM in 1998, the Phillies were not in a good place. Their farm system had a few interesting pieces, but wasn't great. The product on the field at the MLB level was a disaster. The future wasn't very bright.

    While he wasn't perfect, Wade did a lot of things right for the Phillies. First and foremost, he built a core through the draft. Under his supervision, the Phillies drafted Pat Burrell, Ryan Madson, Nick Punto, Brett Myers, Marlon Byrd, Chase Utley Gavin Floyd, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Michael Bourn and Brad Ziegler.

    They've all become effective Major League players in some way, shape or form.

    Wade then built off of that core in different ways. He signed Jim Thome to a gigantic deal that helped "legitimize" the franchise in many respects. He attempted to strengthen the bullpen, bringing in Tom Gordon to close out ball games. He also signed guys like David Bell in an attempt to buff up the offense.

    He explored the Latin American market to bring in talent. Carlos Ruiz, Antonio Bastardo and Carlos Carrasco were all brought in during his tenure.

    Shane Victorino was selected in the Rule 5 Draft.

    In all honesty, the biggest area of concern for Wade has always been the trade market, where he never seems to make out all that well.

    He brought Robert Person to Philly. That didn't work out very well. He brought in Andy Ashby from the San Diego Padres. That was a failure. He didn't get much out of Eric Milton, Cory Lidle or Kevin Milwood.

    The only time he seemed to make out in any deal that brought a player to Philadelphia was the trade that landed Billy Wagner.

    Sending players out of Philadelphia was an absolute nightmare for Wade.

    He was fleeced by the Arizona Diamondbacks for Curt Schilling, a big swing and a miss at a chance to add more prospects to the farm system. Ditto for the Scott Rolen trade, though his hands were a little tied in that situation.

    When the fire-sale was in full effect, he got very little for veteran guys like Placido Polanco and Jim Thome, though he did manage to land Aaron Rowand and Gio Gonzalez in that deal with the Chicago White Sox.

    At the end of the day, you have to remember that his tenure ended in 2005, but look at the Phillies that are still on the field today. The fact of the matter is simple: Wade put all of the pieces in place for the Phillies to win a World Series, but couldn't add the right pieces to finish the job.

    He built the team, but never gets credit for his work. Wade was a better GM than a lot of people will give him credit for.

Tale of the Tape: Pat Gillick

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    Tenure: 2006-08

    Postseason Appearances: two (one World Series title)

    Notable Free-Agent Signings: Adam Eaton, Jayson Werth, Rod Barajas, Jose Mesa, JC Romero, Geoff Jenkins, Pedro Feliz

    Notable Amateur Free-Agent Signings: Freddy Galvis, Lendy Castillo

    Notable Draft Picks: Kyle Drabek, Joe Savery, Michael Taylor, Justin De Fratus, Vance Worley, Mike Stutes, Mike Schwimer, Domonic Brown, Trevor May

     

    Notable Trades

     - Traded Jason Michaels to the Cleveland Indians for Arthur Rhodes.

    - Traded Jake Blalock and Rob Tejeda to the Texas Rangers for David Delluci.

    - Traded Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle to the New York Yankees for CJ Henry, Jesus Sanchez, Carlos Monasterios and Matt Smith.

    - Traded Andrew Barb and Andy Baldwin to the Seattle Mariners for Jamie Moyer..

    - Traded Gavin Floyd and Gio Gonzalez to the Chicago White Sox for Freddy Garcia.

    - Traded Michael Dubee to the Chicago White Sox for Tadahito Iguchi.

    - Traded Matt Maloney to the Cincinnati Reds for Kyle Lohse.

    - Traded Mike Costanzo, Michael Bourn and Geoff Geary to the Houston Astros for Brad Lidge and Eric Bruntlett.

    - Traded Adrian Cardenas, Josh Outman and Matthew Spencer to the Oakland Athletics for Joe Blanton.

    - Traded Brian Schlitter to the Chicago Cubs for Scott Eyre.

    - Traded Fabio Castro to the Toronto Blue Jays for Matt Stairs.

    Other Notable Transactions: Greg Dobbs (claimed on waivers from Seattle Mariners)

Pat Gillick

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    Grade: B

    Pat Gillick. The man who took Ed Wade's core of players and made them World Champions.

    All you need to know about Gillick is in that picture to the left. A picture is worth a thousand words, or so they say, so Gillick holding his own plaque as he is inducted into Cooperstown should be pretty descriptive.

    Gillick took over as the Phillies general manager after Wade was fired prior to the 2006 season and went right to work. Though it took a couple of years for his plan to come to fruition, you could see the intention almost immediately through any of his transactions.

    He took some chances in free agency, bringing in guys like Jayson Werth, Geoff Jenkins and Pedro Feliz. He made trades that brought experience to Philadelphia, like the ones for Jamie Moyer, Scott Eyre and Matt Stairs.

    Gillick made one of the greatest trades in franchise history when he brought Brad Lidge, who would reward him with a perfect season, to town. Another Gillick trade, Joe Blanton, helped solidify the Phillies' eventual World Series rotation.

    He drafted a lot of familiar names, including Vance Worley, Domonic Brown, Mike Stutes, Mike Schwimer, Domonic Brown, Trevor May and Kyle Drabek.

    The fact of the matter is that when Gillick made a move, it was made with purpose. He found all of the right pieces, whether they were complementary or played a larger role, and turned the Phillies into World Champions.

    Gillick's tenure wasn't all roses, however, and that shiny World Series rings helps cover up some of his blunders.

    He was responsible for bringing three of the franchise's most hated enemies—Adam Eaton, Rod Barajas and Freddy Garcia—to town. That Garcia deal was also one of the franchise's worst. His David Delluci and Arthur Rhodes deals were flops.

    But then again, he did manage to dump Bobby Abreu's contract on the New York Yankees.

Tale of the Tape: Ruben Amaro, Jr.

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    Tenure: 2009-Present

    Postseason Appearances: Three

    Notable Free-Agent Signings: Raul Ibanez, Chan Ho Park, Pedro Martinez, Placido Polanco, Danys Baez, Jose Contreras, Cliff Lee, Luis Castillo, Jim Thome, Jonathan Papelbon, Jimmy Rollins, Chad Qualls

    Notable Amateur Free-Agent Signings: Carlos Tocci

    Notable Draft Picks: Kelly Dugan, Jonathan Singleton, Jesse Biddle, Larry Greene, Jr., Roman Quinn

     

    Notable Trades

     - Traded Greg Golson to the Texas Rangers for John Mayberry, Jr.

    - Traded Jason Knapp, Jason Donald, Lou Marson and Carlos Carrasco to the Cleveland Indians for Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco.

    - Traded Travis D'arnaud, Kyle Drabek and Michael Taylor to the Toronto Blue Jays for Roy Halladay.

    - Traded Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners for Phillippe Aumont, Tyson Gillies and JC Ramirez.

    - Traded Anthony Gose, Jonathan Villar and JA Happ to the Houston Astros for Roy Oswalt.

    - Traded Jonathan Singleton, Jarred Cosart, Josh Zeid and Domingo Santana to the Houston Astros for Hunter Pence.

    - Traded future considerations to the Colorado Rockies for Ty Wigginton.

Ruben Amaro, Jr.

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    Grade: C

    I'm going to be a little harsh on Ruben Amaro, Jr., but at least hear me out before breaking out the torches and pitchforks.

    Amaro took over prior to the 2009 season after learning from one of the greatest baseball executives of all-time, Pat Gillick. With that being said, the two operate in completely different fashions, and that isn't necessarily a good thing.

    Gillick was good at making the little moves, adding the missing pieces. Amaro seems to have a penchant for big-name free agents and spending lots of ownership's money. Amaro is the big-game fisherman. Go big or go home.

    He took over with a core of players still in their prime and ready to contend for a World Series title, and almost immediately, made a few questionable decisions. He parted ways with fan favorite Pat Burrell and replaced him by overpaying for Raul Ibanez, a three-year deal that, realistically, was only worth half a season for the Phillies.

    That wouldn't be the last time he overpaid for a free agent or showed his love of the veteran player, bringing guys like Placido Polanco, Jose Contreras and Danys Baez into the fold.

    Now that the Phillies are struggling a bit, all of Amaro's flaws are coming to light. He signed off on the Ryan Howard contract extension. He gave Jonathan Papelbon the biggest contract for a reliever ever.

    Again, that wouldn't be the last time he overpaid for something.

    With two aces already in the fold, he sent a couple of top prospects to the Houston Astros for Roy Oswalt. A year later, he'd send three of his top 10 prospects to the Astros in exchange for Hunter Pence.

    He had some success in the trade market. He fleeced the Cleveland Indians for Cliff Lee, and a lot of people liked the deal that brought Roy Halladay to Philadelphia.

    Of course, he was completely lambasted for the deal that sent Lee to the Seattle Mariners before he was worshipped for bringing him back in free agency—another huge deal.

    The funny thing is, when Amaro makes the small deal, it tends to work. I'm thinking about guys like Pedro Martinez and Ty Wigginton.

    The Phillies are an organization with a fanbase that constantly asks, "What have you done for me lately?" For me, the answer for Amaro's tenure is simple.

    He's overpaid free agents, moved more top prospects than he has had time to develop and failed to capitalize on some of the most potent rosters this franchise has ever known.