"We ended up with the season we did because the team and organization underperformed (given) the level of talent that we had," Nutting said. "I don't think it was nearly so much that we didn't have sufficient talent to make the run. We had some very good players who did not perform up to the expectations that we had. I really think it's far more execution than what we put together."
"It's important to remember the club should be, needs to be and is in solid financial shape," Nutting told reporters on Sunday. "That's what's allowed us to make the kinds of investments that we've made _ the development system, the Dominican, the draft signings. It's important the team not be in the kind of financial shape it was in, in 2003 and 2004, when we were struggling and making bad decisions purely driven by financial constraints and pressure."