From a Pirates blog, in a post entitled, “At least we’re not the Reds today”:
I cannot believe what a horrible move this is. The Reds traded two very valuable commodities, plus their 2004 first-round pick, and didn’t get a single really good player in return. They got two relievers, a not-great pitching prospect, a utility infielder prospect and Royce Clayton. I like Bray and Harris as much as the next guy – they’re both from my alma mater – but, wow.
Yep, that’s a Pirates fan who is happy not to be a Reds fan today. Sheesh.
If I were a Reds fans, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be choking back the vomit right about now. The Reds, a team in contention, have just given up two of their most important position players to pick up 2 good relievers, a horrible SS, a waiver-wire 3B, and a decent pitching prospect with some injury problems.
What else can be said about this trade? IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve heard some talk about a Kearns trade this morning, but I never envisioned the horror that was unleashed by Wayne Krivsky on Cincinnati fans. The Nats have suddenly acquired two solid regulars in their 20s for players they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really need.
Seriously, is Alfonso Soriano and unnamed player to be named later or something?
Ring … ring … ring.
“Nationals. Bowden speaking.”
“Jim, it’s Wayne. Listen, I have a trade to run past you. How about Kearns for Clayton, Harris, Bray, Majewski and Thompson?”
“Ha! Only if you throw in Lopez and Wagner. Now, seriously …”
“Done! I’ll phone it in to Bud.”
“Wait … what?”
Nationals GM Jim Bowden should have a warrant out for his arrest at this hour, because he just committed highway robbery.
I know people have been trying to defend this trade, but it’s just miserable. Absolutely miserable.