One of the best things about what Jon Daniels has done as GM, and maybe really the one clearly good thing, is that he has added to the inventory of young pitching in several different deals and ways. The big counterexample is the Chris Young deal, but I don't know how much more can be said about that. Otherwise, he picked up Galarraga in the Soriano deal, he obtained Tejeda for Dellucci, he eventually got Haigwood for German, and while it didn't work out, he picked up a good arm to look at in ST in Leicester.
Well, he appears to have missed an opportunity, albeit not a huge deal probably, in his handling of Phil Nevin. About a week ago, the Cubs completed their PTBNL deal with the Twins and received Adam Harben. Harben isn't an elite prospect by any means, but he has intriguing ability and just hasn't made the next step. At the worst, he's a very interesting relief arm already at the AA level.
Comparing that with Jerry f'ing Hairston Junior, we didn't do well. Now we may have saved some money, and if there was some sort of concrete way to measure that, like in most organizations, that would be different. But in Tom Hicks' everything is relative, "I'm going to be mysterious about payroll to try to sidestep the issue" world, I don't know how to measure that aspect. For all we know, Hicks views that as money from Park's contract that the team owes him personally for his collection of medieval sex statues.