Re: There's no joy in Cincinnati
Like most analyses of this trade, it ignores that Rich Aurilia gained lots of at bats because of Lopez' departure. He was probably the team's best hitter down the stretch and would have been on the bench much more if this trade is not made.
To me, this trade failed (so far) for one simple reason: Majewski. The concept was to get an everyday, eighth inning set up man for Guardado. Like Mike Jackson and Jeff Brantley in 1995. With no real contribution from Majewski, it's impossible to argue that this trade helped the Reds.
I think it takes the Reds' players off the hook to say the trade killed the offense. RA managed to hit well after the trade. Many of the others just failed to do so.
Last edited by Kc61; 09-18-2006 at 02:47 PM.