Originally Posted by blandman
He replaced Morel's defense with Keppinger and AJ's with Flowers. That alone was pretty bone-headed. Expecting them to make up for the offensive loss was part two of his baseball acumen.
Viciedo and Flowers aren't busts, they're never weres. The book on both was career minor leaguer before either got called up. Yeah, they had the power tool early. But neither had the skill to adjust. So, yeah, that's a pretty ****-poor job of evaluating players. Asserting otherwise is getting pretty tiring. It's obvious that the talent evaluators outside our organization were right to say these guys didn't belong on a ball field. It's time to accept that. It's not like there was debate. It was the world against our organization. Whether it's stubborness or a lack of ability to evaluate, it's pretty obvious that those players and our management all need to go for this to stop.
But you're also assuming that Hahn has the freedom and ability to properly do his job. We have no idea what, if any, input KW still has on baseball decisions. We have no idea what Hahn was told when he took over the job. From my perspective it appears he was told he didn't have much room to go out and sign players and I also have a feeling it was an organizational decision, and not Hahn's alone, to go with Flowers and Viciedo this year. The organization is a mess right now; to try and pin everything on a guy who has been GM for less than a year and where we don't actually know how much authority he has in his role is a bit ridiculous.