Re: Here's Why I Think The Reds Will Have A Tough Time This Winter...
Originally Posted by edabbs44
GAC, I completely agree with you. WK acted like AK and FeLo's contracts were expiring on 7/14/06 and that was his only option. He should have held and waited...but then he dumped the old "the market is sky-high for relievers". It just amazed me when he traded for pitchers like Lohse when pitchers like Weaver were available for basically nothing.
I am actually scared for this off-season. Only God knows what WK is planning. Besides EdE, Phillips, Harang and Bronson, I don't think I would care if anyone else got traded. As long as the return is legit.
I think Lilly would be an excellent acquisition, and it seems like he will be cheap compared to others in the league. It has been a long time since this team actually had 5 ML starters in the rotation. I don't think they need Zito or Schmidt, but how about 5 names that people actually recognize and don't laugh at when I recite their #4 and 5 starters? People not coming off major surgery, or people who you don't think "Wait, he's still in the league?"
So the plan should be getting 3 other pitchers who can actually help the team win. Actually, two is all they need. Put Homer in AAA and call him up if the #5 (whoever he may be) starts the year with a 7 ERA.
Honestly I think this team's problems are much greater than the starting pitching. My opinion is that this team has so many holes that we should try to fix the others before we "overpay" for some very poor options at starter. WayneK scares me because he has already proven to me that he "can" make very poor decisions under pressure. I hope the pressure doesn't get to him and we have a deal worse than Milton. I'm telling you it could easily happen.
Tim McCarver: Baseball Quotes
I remember one time going out to the mound to talk with Bob Gibson. He told me to get back behind the batter, that the only thing I knew about pitching was that it was hard to hit.