Re: Bottom line: Reds suck because of an inability to produce prospects
There are plenty of prospects coursing through the system right now. A few are ready to help RIGHT NOW. That they are not here is more of a philosophical issue, than a talent issue.
WK, for better or worse, comes from a franchise that brings its players along in slow (painfully slow) ways. Deference is given to vets (even vets outside the organization) over younger far more talented players in the organization. Sidney Ponson helping to ruin Minnesota's first six weeks this year is only the most recent example. They did this last year too when they kept Liriano from starting until June. They did this with Michael Cuddyer, who spent about five years trying to convince Minny to give him regular at-bats. Like it or not, it's the Minny way. And that is WK's background.
So, please know that Cincy could, immediately, go to Votto at 1b. It could bring up Dumatrait or Bailey. It could bring up bullpen help (there are pitchers down there who certainly would not do worse than Stanton). But WK priortized spending money, and significant money, on vets like Stanton, and Conine, and Castro. And in so doing chose the certainty of those players over the uncertainty of the talent within.
I don't agree with that approach, not when Minny does it, and not here, but it's WK's modus operandi, I think. If you have a beef with anything, it's with that philosophy, NOT with the players in the minors. For my part, as it was last off-season, I would rather lose with the talented kids up and prepare for the future, than scuffle along near .500 with throw-away vets. Now that the throw-away vets are losing? Makes it an even easier choice in my view.