Re: Wayne Still At It...
Krivsky and Co. are still at the office on a critical work day. This is only surprising and exciting because of what we are used to as Reds fans. The trade deadline and August 31 every year should be a busy time for the Reds front office whether the team is buying or selling. I get the feeling that the O'Brien front office was lights out and silent by COB on both dates every year. Krivsky may not wind up reeling in any fish, but it is heartening to see a GM actually doing his job.
On a related front, I love what this guy is doing for the Reds in terms of stocking pitching depth. When was the last time the Reds actually had some pitching depth that wasn't made up of reclamation projects, 6th year minor league FAs, or AA call ups -- 1999? In past years, Jason Johnson and Joe Mays would be the sows with lipstick that Don Gullett was supposed to turn into aces as he had done once or twice with past reclamation pieces. Those guys are in the minors where the belong to add depth or mop up if the Reds fall off of the planet. Krivsky did not trade Dumatrait or Bailey, which is huge, given that those two pitchers may be key pieces for the Reds next year (I know Wayne didn't acquire them, but he also didn't deal them at the deadline or call them up in June to bolster the big league club). He acquired some veteran arms for the pen who should actually perform well into the future (Bray, Majewski, Cormier (short term future), and he controls the future of Arroyo and Lohse beyond this season for the rotation. This guy may not be Midas as initially reported, but he is a solid GM who appears to work hard and think in terms of long-term and short-term strategy. As for the Kearns and Lopez deal, I think there is a little of the long-term, short-term there as well if you consider the price tags of those guys at season's end, especially the Boras-represented FeLo. Krivsky's a good guy to have running this club.