Astros Hire Experienced Wade

Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Astros have opted to go with former Phillies GM Ed Wade as their new GM, ending his two year stint away from the general manager position. They said the Phillies assistant Amaro Jr. was the other finalist, but they felt Wade might get the job done sooner because of his experience in the league. Amaro will probably be one of the finalist for the Pirates opening now. Wade didn't take the Phillies to the playoffs, but he made some good trades, with some bad ones as well. However, he has a good eye for talent having drafted Pat Burrell, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, and Chase Utley, to name a few. He is also a very active GM, so there will probably be some changes right away. He was often criticized for letting Curt Schilling and Scott Rolen get away, along with his tendencies to giving large contracts, with no-trade clauses to aging players. Furthermore, when he had the opportunity to sign Jim Leyland, who most preferred, he opted to sign Charlie Manuel. My conclusion on him though is that his trading is average, contract negotiating is weak, while his eye for raw talent is excellent.


Anonymous 4:36 PM CDT  

raw talent is key, if it wasnt why would he had trade schill and rolly. the astros should have gone with amaro.

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Anonymous 8:47 AM CDT  

I think a GM isn't necessarily as important as the owner who gives the GM the budget. The Cubs are a good example. The other important part of this is the scouting dept.
The Braves are a good example. They always are bringing guys from their farm system up.

Unknown 2:36 PM CDT