Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo
I think too many posters assume that the Washington trade was/is a disaster, frankly I'm not convinced. I still believe he made a solid deal for a host of reasons the most of which is that Majewski and Bray haven't necc. yet reached their potential (Bray for sure). Not too mention Darrell Thompson and Brendan Harris.
Krivsky made the deal to address immediate needs that the deal ended up not addressing. Worse than that, it created new problems that buried the club in the second half of the season. Worse even than that is now the Reds find themselves holding a largely empty bag with Bray and Majewski when Kearns and Lopez would be prime targets in the trade market.
How much worse does a trade get than that?
Even if Bray and Majewski deliver something better in the future, it doesn't make up for the miss in 2006 or the fact that Kearns and Lopez are worth a whole lot more than Bray and Majewski at the moment. The deal's immediate failure is a historical fact and the opportunity missed this offseason is something the team is never going to get back.
What we're left hoping for is a salvage. If Bray can be good for a few years and Majewski can be serviceable then at least the return will have netted something.
But it would absolutely be better to have Felipe and Austin on hand today. The Reds would have all kinds of trade options open to them and there's no doubt in my mind Krivsky could do a lot better than the light return he got from the Nats.
Harris is a reserve IF and Thompson was a C prospect whose arm is being rebuilt. I doubt anyone in the organization holds out much hope for them to be impact players.