Re: Have A Plan - Go For 2009
I agree with most of this, although I think you are being a little harsh on Krivsky. He really is following that blue print. He is not rushing kids to the majors. He is obviously enhancing scouting and development. He has signed key guys (Harang, Arroyo, the shortstop, to four year deals.)
I think he realized that signing guys like Stanton to two year deals is a stop gap move. (So far, he miscalculated Stanton's effectiveness, but I understand his idea.)
The key point you make is number 4. Krivsky did an excellent job with guys like RA and Schoenweiss picking up extra draft choices. But to get lots of good youngsters in he will have to decide when to trade veterans for youth. I don't know if Dunn should go -- he is having a good year -- but WK will have to trade guys at key moments to maximize their market value.
I think the Reds current slide is almost 100 percent the result of bad pitching. The bullpen mostly, but also recently the starters. Only Arroyo and Weathers have been consistently good this year, maybe Cout as a loogy. Harang will be ok, but still has been shaky this year. If WK needs to learn one thing -- and maybe he will -- good pitching requires a lot of money or fantastic scouting. There is no middle of the road for pitching.
Last edited by Kc61; 05-15-2007 at 05:21 PM.