Here are my picks for the top ten general managers in baseball today:
10) Neal Huntington – Pittsburgh Pirates
Huntington is doing a lot of teambuilding for the Pirates. When he took over in 2008, the Pirates finished sixth out of six in the National League Central. After two seasons, the team ranked fourth for two years in a row.
Huntington keeps a positive attitude. He predicts his team will do even better this season, especially in terms of pitching when Jeff Karstens, Charlie Morton and Francisco Liriano recover from injuries.
The last two years, the Pirates have had strong records up until All-Star break. The only thing separating the Pirates from a great season is consistency throughout the whole year. There’s a good chance that could happen this year. So, in essence, Neal Huntington has turned the Pirates into a team that has a very good chance of making the playoffs in the foreseeable future.
9) Kevin Towers – Arizona Diamondbacks
When the Diamondbacks signed Towers in September of 2010, they wer coming off of back to back seasons in last place in their division(including 2010). The very next year, Arizona went on to finish first in the National League West. The finished third in 2012 and are off to a strong start this year. What I like about Towers is his belief in pitching. He believes the key to a successful team is a successful bullpen. He has set up a solid rotation including Ian Kennedy, Trevor Cahill, Brandon McCarthy, Wade Miley, and Patrick Corbin. They should once again have a solid season this year.
8) Jon Daniels – Texas Rangers
Daniels was the youngest GM in history when he took over for the Rangers in 2005. In the past three years, the Ranger have made the post-season every year, two of which ended with World Series appearances. Daniels is known for his aggressive trading style. He famously traded Mark Teixeira to the Braves in 2005, and, more recently, he picked up Adrian Beltre going into the 2011 season. Beltre has had two great seasons for the Rangers since he was signed.