Then there's that other name that circulated through the baseball world this week: Randy Smith.
Smith hasn't been heard from much since he was fired six years ago after a mostly unsuccessful run in Detroit. He's impressed people with his international scouting work with the Padres, particularly with this month's signing of five top young Dominican prospects.
And now his name is out there again.
If there's any juice to that rumor, Mariners fans had better hope that Smith was the only one responsible for those Dominican signings, because nothing else on his CV provides reason for hope.
It's hard to blame a GM for the records of his teams because, generally speaking, a GM is hired because the cupboard is bare. The longer he's there, however, the more ownership he has over the performance of his club. By that measure, Smith may be one of the worst GMs in history, as the final product of his seven year term in Detroit was a 55-106 record, which got even worse the year after he left. Overall his teams in San Diego and Detroit posted a .419 winning percentage. Between his awful drafts, awful free agent signings, and awful trades, Smith simply destroyed the Detroit Tigers.
I suppose everyone deserves a second chance, but this would be Smith's third, and I can't really see any basis for giving it to him.