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Something Wilder

Dave Wilder, director of player development for the Chicago White Sox, interviewed today with the Red Sox for their still-vacant general manager position. Wilder’s background consists more of talent evaluation and scouting than Kim Ng’s, but he lacks her strengths in arbitration and contract negotiation. He worked with Atlanta Braves GM John Schuerholz for 5 and half years, so hopefully Wilder learned how to build a productive farm system from his former boss. He did pull the trigger on claiming Bobby Jenks off waivers, so he contributed a jewel to the White Sox World Series ring.

Wilder has been in his current position for two years. Minor League News gave the White Sox farm system a 7.5 out of 10 rating and the team is ranked 12th on Baseball America’s 2005 Organizational Talent Rankings. I still favor Ng for the job, but the ownership group doesn’t seem interested in her at all. Since that is the case, I would prefer to see if Wilder has what it takes rather than opting for the conventional tactics of Jim Beattie or Jim Bowden.

Best of all, Tom Yawkey is probably turning in his grave.


Excellent! The Atlanta Braves experience probably taught him a lot about getting stuff done while working with batshit insane control freaks.

I'm in favor of pretty much anything that makes Yawkey turn over in his grave, too.

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