Most of us have been waiting to truly judge the performance of first-year Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich, who last October inherited a losing team without much of a plan for sustainable future success. Bridich has now been on the job for a year, and that year has been an interesting one.
The Harvard graduate first netted a draft pick for Michael Cuddyer, then signed Kyle Kendrick and Nick Hundley prior to the season. During the 2015 campaign, Bridich and his staff demoted promising pitchers Eddie Butler and Tyler Matzek amid significant big league struggles, had a highly thought of draft, got top prospect Jon Gray acclimated to the big leagues and traded franchise cornerstone Troy Tulowitzki.
That's just the on-field stuff. On Tuesday, Bridich and the Rockies' brass made the decision to retain Walt Weiss, the beleaguered Rockies skipper who has lost an average of 93 games during his three seasons in the dugout.
In hindsight, the move shouldn't have surprised so many people; the Rockies aren't going to improve next season, in terms of wins and losses, regardless of who is at the helm, and let's not forget that Weiss is under contract for 2016 anyway. But it's fair to question whether Bridich and his staff are correctly prioritizing what's most important in the immediate future while still trying to balance the "five-year plan," which may or may not actually exist.
At any rate, as mentioned above, Bridich is now a year into his tenure as the Rockies' GM. There's enough there now for people to have an informed opinion on whether he's the right person for the job. Vote in the poll below, and let us know your reasoning in the comments (or, if your retort is more than a couple of paragraphs or so, use our FanPost feature!).