Dayton Moore, Omar Minaya, and Ed Wade are generally believed to be the game's worst General Managers. However, they have something else in common: the owners of their respective teams extended each one of their contracts at least eight months before it was set to expire.
Were these three really a threat to leave and go elsewhere?
Dayton Moore - signed four-year extension with 13 months still remaining on original deal
Hits- Signed Greinke to a four-year extension; fleeced Omar Minaya by trading Ambiorix Burgos for Brian Bannister
Misses- Everything else.
Omar Minaya - signed three-year extension with 12 months still remaining on original deal
Hits- Johan Santana trade; signing David Wright and Jose Reyes to long-term deals
Misses with Mets- Got fleeced by Moore (see above); traded Heath Bell and Royce Ring for Jon Adkins and Ben Johnson; traded Jason Bay for Lou Collier; signed Luis Castillo to a 4-year, $25m deal; signed Oliver Perez to a 3-year, $36m deal
(Huge) Miss with Expos- In one of the three worst trades of all time, he dealt Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee, and Brandon Phillips for Bartolo Colon
Ed Wade - signed two-year extension with eight months still remaining on original deal
Hits with Astros- Selected Jason Castro and Jordan Lyles in the Rule 4 Draft
Hits with Phillies- Picked up Shane Victorino in the Rule 5 Draft; responsible for selecting Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, Gavin Floyd, Brett Myers, Marlon Byrd, and Ryan Madson
Misses with Phillies- Traded Scott Rolen for Placido Polanco, Bud Smith, and Mike Timlin; traded Curt Schilling for Travis Lee, Vicente Padilla, Nelson Figueroa, and Omar Daal
Misses with Astros- Every free agent signing he has made
Fun Ed Wade Fact: In his 10 years as a GM (Philadelphia 1998-2005, Houston 2008-9) none of Wade's teams has EVER made the playoffs. This guy should be a scouting director, not a GM.
This should be a lesson to owners: let your GM's contracts play out unless the results have been spectacular.