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  1. Trusting that our new 'GM' Mike Elias is working towards a well-devised plan is not the same as wearing orange-colored glasses. Whether it's posters here or Twitter, or elsewhere, some feel the lack of trade progress and/or lack of signing free agents this past offseason is a sign that Elias has been ineffective (or worse). I believe it was a good call bringing in Elias, as did most industry writers, bloggers, fans, etc. That hasn't changed for me... not one bit. Elias was hired in November and needed to overhaul many aspects of this poorly-run organization. He was, and still is, understaffed, but is quite prudently taking his time bringing in the right people to fill these positions. Hiring Sig Mejdal was a home run, and the early returns on Koby Perez look very promising. Elias is wearing multiple hats, so to speak, as he felt the need to be the de facto Director of Scouting for this season, rather than rush to hire someone he didn't really want to. There is a long way to go to get where Elias and Sig want to be, from filling the aforementioned hires (both off-field and on), to improving our scouting and development departments, to improving our efforts to establish a strong International presence, and to further implement always-evolving analytics. Elias wasn't given a whole lot to work with, but with his background of success in St. Louis and Houston, I believe he's doing all he can to have this franchise trending up. I trust that Elias' plan is coming along, slowly, but I'm going to give him the time he needs to enact it. The moment I believe his plan appears flawed or he makes a series of poor decisions, I'll be the first to speak up about it... as I always have. I think that's fair. Does anyone else feel as I do?
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