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10-30-2011, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by BaseballCoach View Post
Gainey did not set this team back a decade.

Bob made a bunch of moves, some good, some bad, but the OVERALL RESULTS were that the team was top-3 in the league for improvement in point totals during his tenure versus the previous five years.

Furthermore, when he left, there were still good prospects left.

Improvement while still having prospects left is the best measure for how a GM did.

Conclusion: a very much above average job, despite the errors that we now see (with hindsight).
No, he only set it back 5 years or so. Does anyone remember his refusal to negotiate with impending free agents such as Mark Streit, losing players to waivers, juggling coaches, snubbing Koivu and favouring Gomez.

He actually stated that the only two free agents he wanted to sign that summer were Kovalev and Komisarek. What was that all about.

Really the list is amazingly long.

About the only thing that saved his reputation was the Rivet trade. Other than that, his evaluation of personnel has not been great

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