The DFA of Wilkerson got me thinking about how badly we've missed on scouting for trades. I'm not whining about past trades, but wondering-- is there a score card for the scouts who gave the thumbs up on these guys? Do we need to replace the scouts? Are they good, but JD is not listening to them?
We probably had limited options when trading Soriano, but someone had to have been very persuasive in thinking Wilkerson would be able to come close to matching Soriano's offensive output, otherwise we would have been better off keeping Soriano and letting him walk as a FA-- and getting picks. A. Galarraga seems to be an anomaly, but someone obviously thought he was less likely than Tejeda to contribute at the MLB level.
McCarthy for Danks still needs to play out, but the idea there was we would be able to skip a year of development for a young, cheap starting pitcher. Someone had to think that McCarthy would be a significant upgrade over Danks and sell it to management that it was worth the risk, even though the organization really needed to develop a starter from within.
Not to beat the Young <-> Eaton deal further to death, but it seems we at least sold low on A. Gonzalez and mis-judged Eaton's ability.
Obviously, JD is on the face of the deals, but there had to be other voices in the room that were confident these were the right players coming back. How do you consistently miss this badly?