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Looking at Executive of the Year candidates

Posted on: September 8, 2010 3:09 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 3:59 pm
The Executive of the Year award differs from the other postseason awards we've been previewing this week in a couple of ways.

First, it's a peer award, voted on not by writers but by a selection of baseball executives. Second, the vote doesn't take place until after the season, so what happens in the postseason figures into it. That makes it tougher to handicap this far in advance.

The award has been handed out by the Sporting News since 1936, and usually goes to a general manager -- often a GM who is succeeding despite limited resources.

Jon Daniels Jon Daniels

It will be surprising if Daniels doesn't win this award after putting together the Rangers' best-ever team under unusually challenging circumstances. In the winter he offloaded Kevin Millwood and added Vladimir Guerrero, and in July he pulled a coup by outbidding the other contenders for Cliff Lee. All while the team was in bankruptcy, held in trust by Major League Baseball and limited financially. Daniels also made a tough decision to stick with manager Ron Washington after his admission of cocaine use last season.

Andrew Friedman

Friedman won the award after the 2008 season, and the Rays continue to keep themselves in the battle while being hugely outspent in baseball's toughest division. Getting rid of Akinori Iwamura looks like a wise move, and he managed to lock in several of his key players with one-year deals.

Bill Smith

Two words: Jim Thome. The signing of the veteran to a $1.5 million contract is looking like by far the best move of last winter. Acquisitions Orlando Hudson and J.J. Hardy also are working out nicely as the Twins head toward their second straight division title.

Walt Jocketty

Jocketty didn't have much budget wiggle room last winter, with a lot of money dedicated to a few players this year. The boldest move he made: Convincing ownership to spend $30 million on 22-year-old Cuban pitcher Aroldis Champan. The biggest move he didn't make: Using Joey Votto as a trade chip, as it was rumored he might.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Tags: Rangers, Rays, Reds, Twins

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:46 pm

Looking at Executive of the Year candidates

Pleasing crisp written content. Under no circumstances believed that it had become the easy. Extolment to your place!

Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2010 10:08 am

Looking at Executive of the Year candidates

Tell me again what OB did to deserve credit?

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2010 9:41 am

Looking at Executive of the Year candidates

Don't forget what Dan O'Brien did as well.  Everybody around town hated that he was building for the future but he truly laid the base.

Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2010 8:27 am

Looking at Executive of the Year candidates

The biggest move Jocketty has made for the Reds actually happened last year. Him getting Rolen is the biggest reason the Reds are in contention. Period!

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 7:40 pm


If he wins, he should share it with his predecessor Wayne Krivsky.  Wayne is responsible for most of the Reds personnel.............and he built it from nearly nothing. 

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