With the economy floundering, the trade frenzy that normally takes place at the trade deadline expects to start a little earlier this season. Teams that don't see early success may start dumping salaries faster then Shaq Twitters.
With that being said, nobody can expect perfection. Some GM's may trade a young talented athlete for multiple young talented athletes. In the past, Jim Hendry had a knack for this sort of thing. He aquired Aramis Ramirez for Bobby Hill. You know who won that trade, probably because you don't know who Bobby Hill is.
What you can expect is an executive getting more right than wrong. Players are paid way too much money to be the best at what they do, when they are struggling they are subjected to criticism by fans, media, and their management. Today, I turn the tables. The Cubs have not won in over 100 years. Poor decision making is almost as detrimental as walking the bases loaded. That being said, if Jim Hendry was batting his average would be .000 because he has yet to make a good decision.
It is rare, the ability to say that all of a GM's decisions were wrong stemming from free agency right? Is Jim Hendry really a weatherman?
Kevin Gregg replaced Kerry Wood. Gregg 0-1 with a 4.40 ERA, which would be bad for a starter, but if you are giving up 4.5 runs per 9 innings as a closer, you should be in the minors. While Kerry Wood is not doing much better, why release a fan favorite for a player that fans love to heckle?
Mark DeRosa was traded for a thumbnail, a box of peanuts, and some crackerjack. DeRosa is batting .244 with six homers and 21 RBI's; and if you start questioning the average lets take a look at Hendry's "replacement" in Aaron Miles.... Batting .206 without a homer and three RBI....why are you in the majors? Last night I watched Aaron Miles do his best statue impersonation while Trevor Hoffman fired 80 mph fastballs by him!
Wouldn't it be nice to have DeRosa right now with all the injuries on the infield?
Then, the mastermind had choices of a couple different outfielders to claim the job in right field. Hendry decided it needed to be a lefty to alleviate all the righties our lineup had. In the mix was Bobby Abreu, Raul Ibanez, Adam Dunn, and Milton Bradley.
Bobby Abreu is as solid as they come with years of playoff experience. Ibanez is always an unsung hero that consistently put up good numbers. Adam Dunn has torched the Cubs for 18 games a year right in front of Hendry's face. And then there was Bradley, the guy with more question marks around his name than the Riddler.
Bradley has had two years of success recently but they have both been marred by injuries and temper issues. Why take a risk on a guy who is more volatile than Denise Richard's singing? To date, lets see who would have been the better option. Abreu .318 with no homers but 12 RBI's and 12 stolen bases. Ibanez .340 with eight homers and 21 RBI's. Dunn .296 with 8 homers and 22 RBI...ON THE NATIONALS! Lastly, Bradley, .150 with three homers and four RBI, two ejections, one suspension and he already has blackballed the media.
I hope Hendry stays away from Vegas.
Lastly, and maybe the worst decision yet, Hendry shipped Jason Marquis to Colorado for expensive reliever Luiz Vizcaino and his $4 million salary. The move was intended to cut costs (HA!) and free up a spot in the rotation for Jake Peavy. Marquis, in the meantime, is 4-2 with an ERA under four and swung the bat pretty well as well. Vizcaino is living the good life collecting checks while doing nothing!
If there was a steroid for GMs, I'll get the first round!