At the same time, an NL executive says that Kearns and Lopez "were overvalued by most of the trade's critics." After hitting .291 last year, Lopez was batting .262 at week's end (including .211 with Washington). According to team sources the Reds had soured on Lopez because of his poor work ethic and lack of focus on defense. Clayton, despite his fading range, is a defensive upgrade. As for Kearns, who was hitting .270 with 17 homers and 51 RBIs, he's prone to injury and strikeouts; and his numbers were inflated by playing in the hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park.
Forget whether you like the trade or not, but I think this is very interesting. EE, who has struggled with throwing errors but is working his keister off, is still in Cincy. I know he's not playing as much as he should, but the point is he is here and wasn't traded. Lopez had much the same problems, with worse offense, and he's gone. Work ethic had to play a role in this.
AK, who is very tallented but has had the "work ethic" spector around him (lest we forget his vacation in Louisville just last year) is gone via trade. Dunn, with more tallent than AK, but who had a HORRIFIC start to the season has been spending extra time in the batting cage working on his stroke and just making contact (and it's paying off latley). He's still with the team.
Forget all the carping about "scrappy vets" it does appear that the FO values "work ethic". And I think that is a very, very good thing.