So if they had gotten rid of Ryan and been able to obtain Furcal in early 2010, without Theriot, would the complaint be we got rid of a young shortstop for an older one who is more expensive?
No. The point is and still remains that Theriot was equivalent to B Ryan for the 2011 season with the bat and Ryan was much better defensively. And Theriot made roughly 10x more money.
In short, B Ryan was a better player for less money. And he was on the roster. For some reason, Theriot was obtained and then Ryan was shipped off.
Why people don't accept that B Ryan was a better option from not only an on field production standpoint but also an economic standpoint is mind boggling.
In hindsight, I wouldn't change anything about 2011. It was a memorable and an insanely incredible run. But, Mozeliak isn't an omnipotent being that can wield a lightning bolt and shoot awesome baseball plays from his arse. He didnt purposely put together a worse team than he could have just to make that impossible run possible and thereby more memorable. His job is to put the best team together while working within the limitations that his organization has. He did that, but some of his moves didn't result in better on field production. And that is the point.
In the end, he got Furcal, and that kind of nullifies the whole thing as Theriot was removed from the SS position. But, he could have just as easily gotten Furcal with Ryan on the team. And, he could have gone out and spent that $3.5 million on someone useful that would have improved the team making the last charge into the playoffs not so remarkable...because they would have been in a better position.
Like I said, I have trouble wanting to change anything from 2011 because it's got to be one of the best years from September on that any team has ever had. But...like 2006, you can't say that Haren for Mulder was a good trade simply because they won the WS. Clearly, it was awesome. And, clearly, that trade was a mistake.
Further, you know you're reaching to make a point when you use 4-5 at bats as a reason why a trade worked regardless of how valuable those at bats were.
Yeah, cuz you and Jenny just didn't have it. Me and Jenny. We got it. I can unlock her defense with a well-timed through ball and a towering header.