What’s your assessment of general manager Theo Epstein?

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    What’s your assessment of general manager Theo Epstein?

    In an interview for the April issue of Men's Journal, Orioles manager, Showalter, said of the Red Sox GM, "I'd like to see how smart Theo Epstein is with the Tampa Bay payroll.”

    Could he be correct? We know the margin of error is much smaller on a small market team. How much blame should we put on Theo for the Sox poor showing?

    Here’s my take; do you agree?

    Some of Theo Epstein's recent moves is biting the Sox in the a.ss. If they don’t turn it around soon then my money is on
    Sox missing the playoff and potentially struggling to finish above .500.

    The fact is that Theo is not the revered visionary most Red Sox fans think. Theo is a follower, not a trend setter. When he first took over the Sox, on base percentage, OPS, and moneyball were in vogue due to Billy Beane's success in Oakland. Theo saw that, so he went out and sign a bunch of high OBP guys aka poor man's Adam Dunns (either take a walk, struck out, or hit for extra bases) like J.D. Drew, Todd Walker, Jeremy Giambi, Mark Bellhorn, Bill Mueller, etc.

    After drug testing exposed a bunch of cheats and power in baseball disappeared the last couple of years, last year he's again followed what was hot , which was "defensive metric" and "UZR", but this stuff was so ridiculously overrated especially since the supposedly defensive specialists he signed were complete liability on offense instead of being 5 tool talents.

    So he turns around 180 degrees this year and signs Crawford and Gonzalez. And I liked those moves like most Sox fans. But he is still saddled with other moves that have placed a big burden on the club. Giving Saltalamacchia the keys to the starting catching position was a mistake.

    Another mistake was signing Scutaro as your every day ss during the bridge years. Remember Scutaro had one good offensive season before Theo acquired him, which was probably a fluke. He was an utility player and a journeyman who bounced around the minors. Then we have Drew who is always hurt and underachieves even when he is healthy.

    And Theo dropped the ball with the starting pitching staff. John Lackey is overpaid and overrated. He did not deserve that contract. He won more than 15 games only once in his career (Greg Maddux won more than 15 games for 16 years in a row).

    That same season, in 2007, he was 19-9 with 3.01 ERA, which was the only time he ever looked like a legit ace. He was never considered an elite pitcher in this league with his ERA consistently lurking around the 3.8 range. And he hasn’t proven to be any more effective in a Sox uniform. Finally, Matsuzaka's inability to stay healthy, productive, and well-conditioned, and consistent has made his signing a large mistake. Finally, will all these Theo blunders, doom Boston in the long-run?

     
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    A+  2 World championships; world class organization. Did outstanding job building up the minor league system.
     
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    He gives great speeches.
     
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    No other GM has done what he's done in the last 10 years... win 2 WS championships.

    He's had some bad signings, yes... It's hard to blame some of them on him when some of those guys were the best available options at the time.

    He's developed Major League talent at the minor league level.  (Pedroia, Lester, Buchholz, Papelbon, Ellsbury, Bard)... Iglesias and Kalish are soon to be added.

    This year is not on him.  It's on the players and to some extent Francona.  These guys showed up not ready to play and it has cost them thus far.
     
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    Theo is great. Nearly everyone in this forum was extremely pleased with him a month ago. The OPer is doing "CONCERN TROLLING". I can see through it. It should be obvious to all. Such posters come here to annoy, irritate, and raise controversy. Ignore him since he is pretending and is not sincere.
     
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    CH: Take off your rose colored glasses.Great way to debate. You have nothing substantial to say, so you falsely attack me. Brilliant.
     
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    He is a poor GM for the budget he has. He can blow up an ant hill with a cluster bomb, every once and awhile.
     
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    When team starts 2-10 everyone deserves to be bashed, players/management/ ownership. Just remember when this team rights itself and starts playing the way its capable don't forget to mention what a great GM Theo is. 162 games gives teams a chance to make up for a poor start, if it were football we'd be looking forward to the draft.
     
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    This team playing well doesn't make Theo a good GM, anymore than blowing up an ant hill with a cluster bomb makes a bombadier a genius.
     
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    The fact is that Theo is not the revered visionary most Red Sox fans think. Theo is a follower, not a trend setter. When he first took over the Sox, on base percentage, OPS, and moneyball were in vogue due to Billy Beane's success in Oakland. Theo saw that, so he went out and sign a bunch of high OBP guys aka poor man's Adam Dunns (either take a walk, struck out, or hit for extra bases) like J.D. Drew, Todd Walker, Jeremy Giambi, Mark Bellhorn, Bill Mueller, etc.

    After drug testing exposed a bunch of cheats and power in baseball disappeared the last couple of years, last year he's again followed what was hot , which was "defensive metric" and "UZR", but this stuff was so ridiculously overrated especially since the supposedly defensive specialists he signed were complete liability on offense instead of being 5 tool talents.

    Not for nothing, but isn't this what a good executive does?  The vast majority of good executives don't invent anything.  They simply take the best ideas available and implement them.  Better yet, he hired the guy that was on the cutting edge of these ideas (Bill James).

    So he turns around 180 degrees this year and signs Crawford and Gonzalez.

    How is it 180 degree turnaround.  These guys are two of the best fielders in BB.

     And I liked those moves like most Sox fans. But he is still saddled with other moves that have placed a big burden on the club. Giving Saltalamacchia the keys to the starting catching position was a mistake.

    Yup, don't get the Salty move at all.

    Another mistake was signing Scutaro as your every day ss during the bridge years.

     Remember Scutaro had one good offensive season before Theo acquired him, which was probably a fluke. He was an utility player and a journeyman who bounced around the minors. 

    Scutaro was an excellent signing.  We need a guy to span the gap to Iglesias.

    Then we have Drew who is always hurt and underachieves even when he is healthy

    But as often as people talk about it, they never offer alternatives.  Here's your two choices.  Go with Nixon, who was frail compared to Drew, or sign a FA.  Since Drew was easily the best FA OF signing that winter, it has to be considered a success.  I normally don't like paying $4 for a bottle of water, but after walking two miles in 108 degree temperature, I had the choice of overpaying or being parched, so I overpaid.

     
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