Re: A possible alternate plan for the offseason
I was looking through some of my old baseball cards last night and came across a couple stacks of "rated rookie" cards from the 87-88 seasons. I remember some of these guys as being hot, can't miss prospects. Al Leiter and a few others panned out, but 90% of the prospects never had any real MLB success. My takeaway from that is prospects are nice, but on average you're better off taking the bird in the hand (i.e. MLB talent).
I don't think the Reds can compete in 2007, but I think 2008 is a possibility. I still think they should use Bailey in 2007 as a #5 starter on a pitch count with the usual extra days off for a #5 starter. He'll learn in 2007 and by 2008 if he is the phenom we believe he is, he'll be able to help us compete while Arroyo, Harang and Dunn are still here.