Maxwell has looked solid and is contributing of course so while the consensus is it wasn't a horrible deal where Dayton shat the bed once again today's deal just verifies that DM consistently OVERPAYS by a great margin when trading with other GMs and is simply overmatched.
Justin Maxwell cost the Royals what John Sickels ranked as their #4 overall prospect (Grade B) and Rios costs the Rangers a Sickels graded C+ prospect that did not even make their top 20. Now I know that the Rangers have a better farm, I know Sickels likes Smith more than most but still that is shockingly bad to me. Dayton once again overpays for something and the market shortly and predictably shows what a bad GM he truly is.
There are some other factors of course. I had heard Rios had the Royals on his no trade clause but that has nothing to do with a waiver claim right? As a team with a lower record than the Rangers (who they are competing with for a wild card appearance) the Royals can still put a waiver claim on a player with a no-trade clause? Wouldn't that essentially block the Rangers ability to get Rios? There were tons of rumors about the Rangers looking at Rios so if Dayton had the ability to put in a claim on Rios effectively making it impossible for him to go to the Rangers why wouldn't he? Unless I am wrong about the process (pun intended) this screams poor decision making ability and strategic blunder to me.
But of course no surprise to be had there, DM lacks creativity, foresight and everything else that one finds in a quality GM. A team with a low payroll cannot afford a GM with a low baseball IQ and complete inability to know how to work the angles to help your team compete.
I am loving the win streak of course. But this team is succeeding in SPITE of all of the blunders from DM. If we could get a GM in there that doesn't make consistely poor decisions I truly think the Royals could be a contender for years and years, but with the current front office I fear a year here and there of semi-competitive baseball is the likely outcome.