Nolasco/Pinto/Mitre for Pierre
Soriano for 8/136
Fukudome was overpaid
Jones was overpaid and we ended up dumping him for nothing before the contract even ended
Marquis was overpaid and we're about to dump him for basically nothing
Jerry Blevins for 3 months of Jason Kendall
2 prospects for Steve Traschel
I was talking about Hendry since Piniella took over, the last two years. There's plenty of other good moves Hendry made between 03-05 that I didn't mention as well. The Pierre trade is the only trade I really feel was poor, and some of the other stuff you listed is very debateable. Soriano is a 17m per year player in this market, we don't know if we will age good or bad yet. Jones made 5.3m per year, and we got two solid years from him and dumped him before he lost it.
I don't see how it's a bad move to sign a guy, but get rid of him before he's bad. Sometimes you gotta sign a guy for more years then you want to get him to come to your team, and if you got the most use out of him, then get rid of him before he goes into the tank thats still a good outcome. Same thing goes with Marquis, he's gone 23-18 with a 4.43 in 61 starts(with a good chunk of innings) the last two years, and been a solid 4-5 starter for us. He's been worth the contract we paid him for the last two years. Were now dumping him because we no longer have use for a pitcher like him due to better cheaper options on the roster. With all the free agent pitchers signings over the last two years, I'm sure Marquis deal would be on the postive outcome list so far. At the time we signed Marquis we needed a pitcher who could eat up innings and who was durable, and Marquis was as good as we could have asked for.
Fukudome looks like he could be a bust right now, but lets see how he does next season before we draw a outcome there. As for the Kendall/Blevins trade, keep in mind we got Ryan Flaherty due to trading for Kendall as well. The Steve Trachsel deal was crap for crap, we gave up two crappy guys to see if Trachsel can give us 4-5 solid starts. It didn't work out, but it didn't really hurt us either when you look at the crap we gave up.
And again, I don't think we should be congratulating him for making the playoffs 2 years in a row (one of which was luck and because we played in an awful division) considering that he has an enormous payroll and has also pretty depleted the farm system. When you're using that amounts of resources we better be making the playoffs and be a serious contender.
If having a high payroll means making the playoffs two years in a row, we would have seen alot of other teams being alot better then they were. I hate when people say well Hendry is doing good because he's had money to spend. People can go look at teams with simliar or higher payrolls then us, and only one of those teams won more games then us last year. The Cubs aren't the only ones spending money, their just doing it more wisely then others, and deserve some credit for that.
Plus you mention that he took us from the worst team in the NL to the best in 2 years, but he was the one that got us to being the worst team in the NL in the first place.
Thats true, but he also had MacPhail there holding him back. Having Lee, Prior and Wood hurt had alot to do with our struggles as well. But to me, It's kinda hard to believe, that the same GM we have today, signed guys like Jacque Jones, Neifi and trading for Pierre. I really believe Hendry has improved alot as a GM over the last few seasons(stopped being old school and realize OBP is important), or he has at least alot better scouts working for him. Because the guy has made plenty of good moves the last two years, that very few expected to work out.