Originally Posted by oneupper
While I agree with many here that the Kearns/Lopez deal wasn't a good deal, doing it when Krivsky did...has given him more flexibility in the offseason.
True, they were chips...but at $4mm+ that Lopez is likely to get in arb or $3mm + Kearns will be getting..."how valuable are these chips?"
In this market, where far lesser players will be making far more money? I'll pick exceedingly valuable. More valuable than ever before in fact.
And I couldn't disagree more about the offseason flexibility. The Reds aren't rebuilding this team through free agency. That's a dead end. They can get some filler there, but that's not where the Reds are going to make their most important moves.
The trade market is, was and will be the place where the Reds have to score. Kearns and Lopez in hand would give you tons more flexibilty there because you'd have something to trade instead of Bray and Majewski, neither of whom is going to have much of a market. I'm talking multiple orders of magnitude more flexiblity here. The cost of Lopez and Kearns in this market is neglible and the value of Bray and Majewski is minimal.
The worst part about it is that the trade's failure to improve the club and the bind created by having less talent available to move for this offseason was an easy read.