Now I cannot take credit for this, a good friend of mine wrote it.
It seems to me that Hendry gets a pretty bad deal from many Cub fans, which is quite understandable. Since he came here in 2003 he has taken a sorry franchise and turned then into playoff teams 3 times. That is just horrible!!!
I hope you could get the sarcasm there.
In my opinion I think the guy needs at least a ten year tenure to measure whether he is a success or not. Now please hear me out because I am about to explain why.
What I consider his best moves:
In his first five years (2003-2008) he was given a pretty horrible farm system and turned that farm system into trades for Aramis Ramirez and Derek Lee. You could say they choked in the playoffs and you could say that maybe they are now washed up, but you can't say that these moves were not good.
He also signed Ryan Dempster, Ted Lilly, and Alfonso Soriano, all players that were essential to that 2008 team that decided to choke.
What I consider okay moves:
Signing Mark Derosa and not resigning Mark Derosa. I think we all know how this worked out. He was great for us but bad when he left. Jason Marquis, Rich Harden, trading Michael Barret
Not resigning Kerry Wood.
Not good moves:
Jeremy Burnitz, Todd Walker, missing out on Brian Roberts, Jaque Jones, Juan Pierre, letting go of Aardsma (now a decent bullpen guy), letting Casey Mcgehee go.
Notice most of the bad signings are a result of not having people in the farm system to replace them. And at the time Hendry didn't have the open wallet the way he did to put together the 2007 and 2008 teams.
Now I am not saying that he is great and not saying that he is the worst. I would say that he is in the middle of the pack and very possible getting much smarter.
Look at what the farm system is now producing since his tenure has been here. Cashner, Castro, Colvin, and many others which I ma sure will follow.
So I say we give him at least until his tenth (the end of 2012) year to see what his entire body of work has done for this team. By that time we should know how well he signs people, trains the minor leaguers and drafts.
I think by that time many people may have a different opinion of him.