Monday, March 22, 2010

Terrible GMs Not the Only Ones to Blame

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.

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