Originally Posted by ochre
The Cardinals are not the Yankees either.
The goal is to have a good major league team. The quality of the minor league system isn't necessarily important to that goal if it is functioning to provide the pieces the major league team needs to be effective. I didn't say that it was. I don't see any of the prospects the Reds currently have as anything approaching untouchable.
I'm not sure the the lack of depth in the Reds system is a valid reason for not trading them either. In fact, given the right deal, more (quality) system depth might be acquired through trading them, whether it's through comp picks, prospect throw ins from the other team, or additional follow on deals down the road.
What it is going to take though is imagination and vision. What scares me about where the Reds are is that the Twins have tended to hold on to prospects all cost. I think this might have caused them to miss their window of opportunity.
Their payroll has been alot higher then the Reds, They have money to Spend They need a bat they go out and get a Big Mac, a Rolen, an Edmonds. They need pitching they go out and get it. Not only do they get it they sign it to a long term contract. When was the last time the Reds could do that?