JD finally has his thoughts up on the big trade:
So I’ve thought about it, and I can honestly say that this is the worst trade the Reds have made in my lifetime.
Now, you might think I’m being a bit over the top, but seriously, what else comes close? Paul O’Neill for Roberto Kelly? Kelly was a pretty fine player when he came over, and he had a couple of decent seasons for the Reds, so yeah, I think this is it.
Here’s the thing. Reds fans have certain blind spots. Everyone says that a team’s fans overvalue it’s players, and I agree to an extent, but I also think a team’s fans undervalue what the team has in abundance, and overvalue what it lacks. We all are massively overvaluing relief pitching.
Relief pitching shouldn’t cost what the Reds gave up today. Wayne Krivsky even agrees, he said as much in his press conference. Relief pitching is the cheapest asset in the game, and WayneK just gave up a massive amount to get some.
He just made the biggest mistake a GM can make. He saw a need, and decided that he was going to fill it, come hell or high water. It’s kind of thinking that led to most of what Dan O’Brien did wrong.
We’re going to feel sick in two weeks when we see middle relievers getting traded for far less than an Austin Kearns or a Felipe Lopez.
And let’s make this clear, I’m not against dealing these two players. I loved watching them play, but I’ve always known they were two of our bigger chips. I’m against dealing them for a couple of middle relievers and Royce Clayton.
This is a good point that I hadn’t expressed before. Austin Kearns and Felipe Lopez were two of my four favorite Reds (along with Dunn and Junior, with EdE coming on fast)…but I wasn’t necessarily against trading them. If the Reds could improve by moving these guys, I wouldn’t argue with it.
I just wish we’d gotten something close to equal value. We didn’t, and it wasn’t particularly close.