I know it was another GM at the time the deal was made, and I know the new GM is still getting settled in. But I felt like it needed to be noted that right now, before we enter into the 2006 season that the Sean Casey trade, which I thought was fabulous at the time, is currently looking like a bad deal to me.
The reasons that I thought the Casey deal was a very good deal were twofold:
1. Clear up the logjam at OF-1B and get all four of Griffey/Dunn/Kearns/Pena’s bats into the lineup, thus improving the offense.
2. To not only obtain a league average SP in the immediate deal, in Dave Williams, but to also free up a significant amount of cash (5M) to pursue a top of the order SP. This greatly improves our dismal starting rotation.
John Fay in the Enquirer the other day predicted that Hatteberg would be at 1B and Dunn in LF on opening day since a hard throwing right hander was starting against us that day. Is he suggesting that Pena and Hatteberg will be platooned against RHs with Dunn flopping between 1B and the OF? We wanted Pena in the lineup instead of Casey to improve the offense and save money. Hatteberg is a worse hitter than Casey. Not to mention that my man Roberto Petagine was available around the same time we got Hatteberg, and he would have been a better option. 🙂 So much for positive reason number one to like the Sean Casey deal.
Williams is here and so far is much what we expected. But the second part of reason number two, and the most important, has yet to come about. We saved 5M in payroll in the Casey/Williams swap. It was much publicized that the Reds had all of the arbitration eligible salaries already budgeted into the payroll, along with Casey, before this deal. So that 5M is still sitting around waiting to be spent on our new top of the order SP. Reds fans haven’t forgot that the Red’s are currently sitting on that money and haven’t reinvested it in pitching. Which in effect, makes the Casey trade a classic salary dump to reduce payroll, up until we make a deal for that SP. So much for positive reason number two to like the Sean Casey deal.
Thus far, what looked to be a very good trade at the time, is looking pretty bleak at the moment.
Here’s hoping that Krivsky and Narron make this deal look real good, real soon.