Originally posted by cory4903:
I don't know why you guys are so worried about who was whose pick. TB, as the GM, has to take into account input from coaches, scouts, etc. and then makes the pick. I highly doubt that any of those picks were unanimous, or that any of those picks were only supported by Baalke.
A good GM takes into account input from those around him to make the decision.
People say Singletary pushed for Mays....doesn't matter. Baalke could have said no. His pick, his fault. Habaugh wanted Kap? Well Baalke, wisely, listened to those around him. He picked Kap, he gets the credit.
A good manager in any business knows how to utilize those around him.
I buy this. TB can choose to listen to the coaches who are pushing for a certain player, or he can override any requests from the coaches. It is probably in TB's best interest to highly value, or just act like he highly values the input from coaches, but in the end he's the one that writes the name on the card to give to the podium. He should get acknowledged for every good or bad pick regardless of which position coach pushed for a certain player. Also, there are moves that a GM does not make that should go into the analysis of his body of work.
Draft: B : 2012 hurts, but his ability to stockpile picks year to year is simply amazing. Good value at early rounds. Discovering hidden gems must be considered: Brock, Boone, Ian Williams.
Player extensions/cap manipulation (contract restructuring): A : Bowman, Brock, Boldin, Dawson extended. Letting the right players walk for comp picks must be considered.
Wow = Boldin
Nice = ASmith, CJohnson, JMartin
OK = Gabbert, Baldwin, PHarylson
Bad: McCoy (just a 6th)
UFA signings: B+ : Hard to say what deals could have materialized, but besides Nnamdi (still no $ guaranteed), TB has yet to sign a bad deal while bringing in so many value deals with Dorsey, Skuta, Dawson, Osgood, and CRogers (first year) at the top of the list.
Coach relations: A : Jim doesn't seem like an easy character to deal with based on what his brother John has said about him. I believe John.
So Overall that's an A-/B+ grade for me. The only real blemish I see on his resume is the 2012 draft. UFA signings and Trades are grades where none of us really know what was offered and what was not offered. So in a way the UFA and Trades grades are always an unknown.
I know there are a ton of moves not mentioned. The OP fails to mention so many of these other aspects of GM'ing. Drafting, although the most visible to us fans, is just one of the many tasks on the GM's plate.