Frobby Posted January 13, 2016 Share Posted January 13, 2016 What do you mean by "hold DD accountable?" If you are asking whether it is fair to criticize him for the things he's done that you disagree with, the answer is yes. If you are asking if he has held the job long enough, and has had sufficient room for decision making, that it would be fair to fire him if you were very dissatisfied with his performance, I think the answer is yes again. But, if you are asking if I am sufficiently dissatisfied that I would fire him if I could, the answer is clearly no. I'm not thrilled with everything Duquette has done. I disagreed with some of the trades he made at the time they were made (Rodriguez for Miller, Davies for Parra) and some of his other trades look bad in hindsight (Arrieta and Strop for Feldman and Clevenger, Tarpley and Brault for Snider). He gambled last winter that he could replace two consistent, regular outfielders with an array of part-time players and he lost that gamble. It looks like he may be doubling down on that outfield gamble and making a similar gamble on replacing Chen. I'm not a fan of the offer we made to Davis and the fact that we aren't aggressively pursuing the better alternatives, though that may well be more PA than DD. At the same time, you have to give credit where credit is due. He signed Chen to a great deal. He signed Jones to an extension that has turned out to be extremely team-friendly. He found Miguel Gonzalez in Mexico and has gotten great value there. He brought McLouth in, got value from him, and knew when to quit while he was ahead there. He brought in Pearce. He got a great deal on Cruz. Bottom line, the team is 355-293 (.548) in his four years here, he has been to the playoffs twice with one division title, and he hasn't had a losing record. All that has been accomplished even though three of the other four teams in our division operate with higher payrolls than we have, something that DD doesn't control. So, I don't think Duquette is anywhere close to performing at a level where it would be wise to fire him and bring in someone else. I haven't forgotten that our GM position has been something of a merry-go-round for the entire time Peter Angelos has owned the Orioles, and that the last time the job was open, qualified candidates were turning down the job. I haven't forgotten that Angelos sometimes poses limits on baseball decisions such that the GM is constrained in his choices. And I'm not forgetting that DD does have budget constraints that sometimes require him to forego a more expensive option that has more certainty of good performance, and take some calculated risks. At the same time, I have my eye on the situation. If 2016 goes well, then DD deserves to keep his job. If it doesn't go so well, then how DD reacts will decide whether he deserves to keep his job. Does he hold on to all his vets and try to tinker enough to get a better result the next time, or does he start making some moves to reposition the team for the longer term? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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