Re: Krivsky's deals give Reds a chance - Buster Olney - ESPN Insider
I understand that it was a very high price to pay, and history may show that it was, in fact, too high.
But I'm slowly coming around on it for two reasons, one of which Olney (who I generally don't like as a writer) touched on and one he didn't:
1. The bullpen was quickly draining the life force from the team. The deals for Guardado and Bray/Majewski were well-received within the clubhouse by all reports, a trumpet call that this time, the front office was going to bring reinforcements rather than sound the retreat. The power of that can be overestimated but it shouldn't be underestimated, either. Coupled with the four-game winning streak out of the break, I think our chances of postseason play are, if not terrific, much better than they were ten days ago.
2. I think the losses of Kearns and Lopez from 2007 forward, while significant, can be managed. I simply didn't have a lot of faith in either one's career path, and that's where I depart from the "worst trade ever" hyperbole. No Hall of Famers or perennial All-Stars are involved here. Just two pretty good ballplayers with long-term question marks.
Well, I guess there's a third reason:
3. I'm a Reds fan and I want it to work.
Not all who wander are lost