Ryan signed the guys to minor league contracts. It is not Gardenhire who signs players
Guerrier was in the minors up to the last possible moment, giving Tonkin every chance to work out. Had Tonkin worked out, there would be something different for people to complain about.
Antony not a baseball guy? The guy that signs the players to the contracts should have a fairly decent idea of what goes on during a baseball game. It isn't like anyone has come up from AAA this spring and made the decisions look bad other than Santana. I don't think anyone saw this sort of production out of Santana.
I didn't say they weren't decent free agent signings, I actually liked them all on their minor league contracts. That's different than putting them on the 25-man though. None of them did a thing to earn a spot on the MLB roster. Guerrier did have to wait, but they put him on the roster intead of letting him opt out. There were a half dozen bullpen arms in Rochester that were pitching better than he was.
But again, I'm not making judgments on how those players have performed for the MLB club, only that they almost certainly got their 25-man spot due to a past relationship with the club, not on recent merit.
And Anthony does sign the guys to contracts, he's a numbers guy. I really doubt the whole organization defers to his baseball accumen when Ryan is out of the office.