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A 17-game losing streak Jack. Seventeen Games!
We needed someone to blame, and well, you were the logical choice.
But perhaps we were unfair..
Sure, you've made your mistakes; but nobody could have predicted how badly Chone Figgins would suck. Who in their right mind would have picked Casey Kotchman to even land a job, let alone a starting job and be in contention to win a batting title.
You've locked up Felix. You got us Vargas, Carp, Guti, Endy Chavez, Garrett Olsen (via Aaron Heilman) and Brendan Ryan (via Mikael Cleto) for JJ Putz, Sean Green, Jeremy Reed and Luis Valbuena.
You got us Justin Smoak, Blake Beavan, Josh Leuke and Aaron Laffey (via Matt Lawson), all major leaguers this year for Phillippe Aumont, Tyson Gillies and JC Ramirez, none of whom have made it past AA. You even threw in half a season of Cliff Lee.
If that's not enough, you somehow managed to get us two warm bodies for Yuniesky Betancourt. One of them being Dan Cortes, who could figure prominently in next year's bullpen.
Sure, there was Ronny Cedeno, Ian Snell, Eric Byrnes, Brad Wilkerson, but none of those guys cost us anything (except a few grey hairs).
The point is Jack, I'm back with the program. I see your vision, I understand that you haven't had any significant money to spend, but you've still managed to improve the team.
The farm is as stocked as it's been in many years, you got us another excellent haul at this year's deadline and you'll have a few bucks to spend this offseason.
I'm sorry I lost faith, but I'm glad you never did.