That might be true, but he certainly didn't make that clear from Day 1. He hired Gillick, who predicted a slow timeline. He hired MacPhail and Klentak, who did not promise we'd win before this season and were very clear that they intended to zero out the payroll (and tank) for a bit. They certainly must have told him it would take several years to turn over baseball ops at every level and establish analytics. If he wanted quick then yes, he shouldn't have hired MacPhail (who knows nothing about running a team in this decade) or Klentak. The year they actually made all the changes Milwaukee hired Stearns away from Houston before Gillick had even actually fired Amaro (and MacPhail was not yet officially on the job). We see the difference now certainly.
Can't really describe anything Klentak did last year as "leery" of spending, it's just not clear if he felt pushed to do it.
Klentak is actually not less experienced than Luhnow was, Arguably more, on paper. Luhnow had no baseball experience when the Cardinals hired him, just like our analytics guys. He was with the Cards for 8 years before being a GM. Klentak had 12 years with three teams when we hired him. Just not good teams!
And how do you not read the Harper signing and the managerial decision as micro-managing? I realize the former is normal with that kind of money on the table. I'm not sure it's ever good though (it's the Nationals Way, and what have they won while the GM lacked full authority and they changed managers every two years).
But more importantly the Kapler move should be done already, if it was actually up to the baseball ops people. I guess if he's not leaving then you can't say Middleton meddled, at least.