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moneyball
08-28-2008, 05:59 AM
With 2 World Series Championships in his pocket as GM it is hard to say 2008 might be his best year. However, when you look at the great moves made at this trade deadline and beyond, coupled with the large numbers of homegrown talent drafted during Theo's tenure, the 2008 roster earns Theo an A+ from me.

RedSoxtober
08-28-2008, 08:34 AM
I agree that Theo has a great deal to be complimented on. The 2004 WS turned a lot on his gutsy deals for Schilling and Cabrera but the majority of talent on that team -- and the biggest contributors -- were by and large Duquette guys. The 2007 team largely had his fingerprints but still nothing like this season.

* Continued emergence of Pedroia (Youk was purely a Duquette product)
* Lowrie taking over at short and improving the position on both sides of the plate
* Moving Manny and getting back a LF who has actually produced more runs this season and posted 9 multi-hit games in his first 3.5 weeks with the club.
* Dice-K and Lester in CY discussions (Lester was drafted by Duquette but fully trained under Theo)
* Masterson steadying the back end of the rotation early in the season
* Colon contributing well on the cheap (albeit very limited action)
* Byrd starting out 2-1, 4.66 including keeping NYY at bay in a crucial series
* Swinging a deal for Kotsay, the only resonably available OF who could replace Drew
* Farm system strong enough in pitching that there are legit debates about where each arm should contribute

That's a pretty strong resume for a single season.

lil'papi
08-28-2008, 09:09 AM
A+ for the scouting dept and running the minor league affiliates.
C- for player acquisitions. Too many clunkers for sure.

I'd give him a B- overall.

He and his staff have done an amazing job with young talent and getting them ready. Getting all the pieces in place to keep continuity.
But man, Lugo, Renteria, Gagne etc ..not so much.

Tragedy
08-28-2008, 10:13 AM
A+ for the scouting dept and running the minor league affiliates.
C- for player acquisitions. Too many clunkers for sure.
Which is why being a fan of Boston is so great. It's so easy to hide a bad move, because we, unlike most teams, have the ability to eat money when we see fit to do it.

Theo has done a great job since coming to this town, and that should continue.

Osiagledknarf
08-28-2008, 12:00 PM
He definitely has a knack for fixing his own terrible mistakes. He moved Renteria, let Gagné walk, and is always able to find new players to fill in for failures...not bad.

Wake's Fastball
08-28-2008, 12:13 PM
I agree that Theo has a great deal to be complimented on. The 2004 WS turned a lot on his gutsy deals for Schilling and Cabrera but the majority of talent on that team -- and the biggest contributors -- were by and large Duquette guys. The 2007 team largely had his fingerprints but still nothing like this season.

* Continued emergence of Pedroia (Youk was purely a Duquette product)
* Lowrie taking over at short and improving the position on both sides of the plate
* Moving Manny and getting back a LF who has actually produced more runs this season and posted 9 multi-hit games in his first 3.5 weeks with the club.
* Dice-K and Lester in CY discussions (Lester was drafted by Duquette but fully trained under Theo)
* Masterson steadying the back end of the rotation early in the season
* Colon contributing well on the cheap (albeit very limited action)
* Byrd starting out 2-1, 4.66 including keeping NYY at bay in a crucial series
* Swinging a deal for Kotsay, the only resonably available OF who could replace Drew
* Farm system strong enough in pitching that there are legit debates about where each arm should contribute

That's a pretty strong resume for a single season.

And hell, you can toss on the Sean Casey signing and getting Aardsma for nothing onto that list as well. Ellsbury's productivity (albeit inconsistent) and Drew carrying the team through June perhaps as well.