Last week, I put a survey in the field that asked you to rate how confident you are in your team's front office on a scale of one to five, with five being the most confident. Over 1900 of you responded. Thank you for taking the time, and thank you to the SBNation site managers who helped promote it.
For this edition of the GM Confidence Ratings, we've broken up the results into six posts, tackling one division at a time. On Monday, we started with the AL East and the NL East. Tuesday, we hit the AL Central and the NL Central. Yesterday, the AL West got its turn. Today, we're wrapping up with the NL West. I'll also include the previous rating for each club, which we collected in early August of 2015. The mean for this poll was exceptionally high, with the average team rating at 3.8, but fans in the NL West were particularly disgruntled, with a MLB-low of 3.5 for the division.
Ok, so without further ado, here are the results, from most confident to least:
San Francisco Giants - Brian Sabean/Bobby Evans
Current Rating: 4.7
Previous Rating: 4.5
Your comment: "2010,2012,2014,201?" - Anonymous
My comment: Whether you want to go off of their exceptionally successful track record or their power moves to upgrade an already strong club this offseason, it's impossible to really find fault with the job Sabean and company have done in San Francisco. They've learned from past mistakes, and seem to have improved exponentially since the Barry Bonds days.
Los Angeles Dodgers - Andrew Friedman/Farhan Zaidi
Current Rating: 3.7
Previous Rating: 4.6
Your comment: "I approve of the Friedman-led front office's focus on depth throughout the entire system. They seem intent on maintaining a top farm system, which should produce continual results. They don't seem likely to panic and make ill-advised free agent signings, rather, they trust their depth and farm system to fill the gaps when they do not sign FAs. They also seem to judge players on their actual value, not their wider perceived value (Kemp, for example). Also, they have great resources with the farm system and ownership's willingness to spend." - Anonymous
My comment: I wavered this offseason when Friedman and Zaidi let Zack Greinke walk and pitcher after pitcher got hurt in Spring Training, but the early returns suggest they were right on. I understand the frustration of Dodgers fans that the money spent hasn't translated to championships yet, but I think they're still in pretty good hands.
San Diego Padres - A.J. Preller
Current Rating: 3.4
Previous Rating: 3.5
Your comment: "AJ's track record as a GM hasn't been great so far. He depleted the first farm system in his first off-season and didn't regain any of that value at the deadline or this offseason. All that results in the Padres having 3 bad contracts and stuck in neutral. However, AJ has a noteworthy reputation of drafting and developing talent. He knows how to build a farm system. Plus he has great baseball minds like Don Welke, Logan White and Josh Stein to help. All of them have great reputations for finding amateur talent. Overall, the franchise doesn't look to be in a great position now, but it will probably get better. We'll see." - @DEazy_95
My comment: I'm still not sure that A.J. Preller has any idea what he's doing, but his moves this offseason to sell off high-cost relievers for good prospects were a good start to restoring my trust.
Colorado Rockies - Jeff Bridich
Current Rating: 3.0
Previous Rating: 2.7
Your comment: "Theres a gap between where Bridich thinks the Rox are, and where the Rox actually are, in the success cycle. Despite trading a franchise player for prospects in August after yet another losing season, Bridich made win-now moves this winter like acquiring Jake McGee and Gerardo Parra. So Rockies fans everywhere were confused, because no changes were made to thevstarting ritation besides players returning from injury. That said, Colorado is off to a hot start this season. Is it typical April Rockies, or can this team really compete? I'm in a holding pattern with the GM for these reasons." - @ColoradoZebo
My comment: I want to understand. I really do. But the plan here escapes me. I would like to take a moment to remind everyone, however, that Nolan Arenado is a damn demon. So good. So, so good.
Arizona Diamondbacks - Dave Stewart
Current Rating: 2.6
Previous Rating: 2.7
Your comment: "The Diamondbacks have a plan, it's just a very unconventional one. They are comfortable taking the short side on value propositions in order to chase wins. On one hand, wins are what it's all about, but on the other, you can only take the short so many times before it catches up with you and the org just bottoms out." - @OutfieldGrass24
My comment: Listen, it's not necessarily a bad idea to say "Damn the torpedoes" and to mortgage the future to go for it, especially given how overvalued prospects can get. But you can't give away all the prospects. And you can't expect to get something out of Chris Owings and Nick Ahmed that simply isn't there. If the pitching can fix itself, they'll be fine enough, but I'm still not sure that it was worth the cost.