Originally Posted by edabbs44
I understand your point, but look at what Sheffield got and, unbelievably, Jaret Wright(!!!) will be getting a usable RP from Baltimore.
I fully understand that Kearns isn't Sheff, but : (i) AK is much younger with carry-on baggage compared to what Sheff has and (ii) AK is bargain basement $$$ in comparison. Not saying that AK should have gotten the same thing, but I think Sheff got way too much.
Those are perfect examples of other teams foolishness. A "foolishness" that I want our team to simply avoid when searching in this market. We've been there, done that.
But Sheffield is more of an established player with a performance record as compared to Kearns. All that can be said of Kearns is that he is young and has a upside.
Do you really think that the Reds got as much as they could have (then or now) in that deal?
As far as pitching goes?... No. That is just my opinion based on the tightness of the market and what pitchers (if any) I saw going anywhere this past summer. Other then a Maddux going to L.A., show me where all the huge pitcher deals/trades were being made this past season? No one wanted a Jeff Weaver. He was basically kicked off the L.A. team.
As I have already stated before. I wouldn't have made the trade at all, and waited.
vaticumplum stated this (and I agree)....
Originally Posted by vaticanplum
While I don't advocate throwing money around foolishly, I do think it's important to understand the general market and the dearth and therefore high cost of good free agents. In other words:
it's not simply about spending money, but spending it wisely.
I have no problem whatsoever with paying out a large/longterm contract for a proven player (pitcher or position) that would fill a need and improve this team. Spending wisely is not necessarily meant to spend cheap. Being cheap means coming home empty handed from the store.
Example: You want a Barry Zito, Rameriz, or Carlos Lee, then you had better be ready to throw some money their way because bigger market teams are.
My whole point is about using caution and a levelheadedness in this market. Do your homework, zero in on a pitcher or two that will fill that need, and then make a serious effort at acquiring them. If another team wants them, then make them outbid us
for their services.
Just stay away from the Weavers, Marquis', and Mulders!