Jim Hendry is considered a very good GM? Have you looked at the salaries of Fukudome and Soriano?
You can't judge a GM based on the contract of a couple of players. Besides, those players could have had the same money from a number of different clubs.
He grabbed Ramirez from Pittsburgh for a couple of nobodys, picked up Edmonds for table scraps, grabbed Reed Johnson off the Toronto scrap heap, all of which have had a major impact. Not to mention, signing Lou Piniella when Joe Girardi was the more popular choice.
Marquis and Howry are questions marks, but name me a GM that doesn't have a mistake here or there.
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