Davis contract, Trumbo contract, Hardy contract, Cobb contract... The rebuild has been painful and Duquette was the one who put us in that position. Ownership likely pressured Duquette and influenced his strategy and it sounds like Brady/Peter made the warehouse culture pretty toxic, so it's not all his fault, but his signatures were on all the contracts.
It's good that Kremer has turned into a legit option but that's pretty much the bare minimum we should have gotten back for a player like Manny.
I'm very bullish on Grayson but bearish on Hall. After those two you have Sedlock, Stewart, and Harvey... Gunnar alone is worth more than that group.
GMs (or owners) often don’t trust their own prospects to develop into good major leaguers. I think one of the most underrated aspects of a good organization is the ability to discern which of its minor leaguers can be successful in the majors. Tampa, LAD and Houston are all very good at that.
We don't truly know any of this. You're guessing. I find it odd that they would keep a GM around with no power and allow him to do the 2018 sell off. But my point is that we do know that DD was permitted to explore trades for Britton in 2017. And the trade he had on the table was terrible but was nixed by PA. So it's not a given that if DD would've sold off earlier, the deals would've been better.
Zero chance either of them would have allowed DD trade those guys. They both had more power, especially after the Duq/Toronto thing.
Maybe Duq didn’t want to move them either, who knows but if he did, they wouldn’t have let him.