Well, it didn't take long for that to happen. Walt Jocketty has opted out of his contract with the Cardinals and is now a free agent, so to speak. So, how many minutes did it take for Castellini to make the first phone call to Jocketty to get a feel for his interest level?
And, if he did, do you want Walt Jocketty as the general manager of the Cincinnati Reds? Don't look at it as he's a better option than Wayne Krivsky. We need to look at it to see if he's really the right guy to rebuild the Reds entire organization.
The minor league system is starting to grow and they have some fine talent down there. Can Jocketty refine and continue to build it, or would he mortgage it for the big league club? He's no spring chicken now. Maybe he'd do whatever he could to get back to the playoffs but mortgage any future.
Is it a "win at any cost" move? Is it the best move? Is Krivsky as bad as we're making him out to be? Is Jocketty all that?
Next question: does Jocketty bring LaRussa with him if he's hired as GM here? Do we WANT LaRussa? Has his time passed him by? Is he a bitter old man? Do we really want lefty-lefty matchups in the fifth inning?
Does anyone have a thought or two on this?