Originally Posted by Falls City Beer
You've been a Reds' fan too long if you think it's difficult or impossible to get a Marlins-esque return on players--or that they're lucky for having torn down and rebuilt twice already and currently sit in the middle of rebuilding and contention # 3.
I don't think the Reds have to trade everything, necessarily; like I said, no reason at all to trade Arroyo given his contract status. But Harang is another matter, and so is Dunn, both of whom should ( I say should, but with Wayne you never know) bring back monster returns.
When the Marlins tear down the completely tear down. They don't hit at 100% success on all their trades (Nate Bump/Jason Grilli and Vald Nunez come to mind). They rebuild through shear volume. Sometimes they hit, sometimes they miss. I'm not saying the Reds can't get 'Marlin-esque' return for Harang, but sometimes that return is Nate Bump and Jason Grilli.
I would argue that a bigger key to the Marlins success is that they actually develop players. 2/5ths of their staff is home grown (Johnson and Olsen), and Willis was grown from a 'A' prospect. They have out drafted and developed the Reds. That is the area where the Reds should be looking to model themselves after the Marlins.