This game up in the comments, but it probably deserves its own post. After reading something JD wrote over at Red Reporter, I realized something important about Krivsky. While we certainly debate a lot of his moves (Castro, Juan), and even get accused of bashing him, I realized that I have a lot of confidence in this GM’s ability to evaluate talent. It crossed my mind that I wouldn’t even mind too much if Krivsky traded Kearns or some other key player, becuase IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m confident the he could get actual value in return.
I sure couldn’t have said that about the last GM, or even Bowden. As GodlyCynic said in the comments, “The only time anyoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s really ever questioned the value of a Krivsky trade, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been a no-risk trade when the Reds have essentially given up nothing in return for nothing.”
We can carp about Castro, Yan, Kata, McCracken, Cody Ross, (and to be fair Dave Ross, Phillips and Arroyo), but Wily Mo Pena’s the only chip Krivsky’s played so far, and that’s turned out better than anyone could’ve imagined.
I’m finally comfortable that the Reds’ GM isn’t going to do something idiotic and ruin the franchise, and that shouldn’t get lost in all the noise about his middling moves. (I still want him to acquire 1-2 real relievers, though).