Originally Posted by Stormy
Make the hard choices by jettisoning guys like Stanton and Majik and Santos, and by slow-playing Guardado's return etc... rather than just cutting bait by moving the youngsters with options back to the minors, or letting them ride pine.
I agree completely, but why are we talking about this like it's a hard choice?
It's a measure of how upside-down the Reds universe has become. Over the past seven seasons, the Reds have become so wedded to bad decisions, so incapable of learning from their mistakes, that we now consider it a hard decision to jettison awful pitchers.
Gary Majewski is a punching bag. The organization literally has a slew of more intriguing young pitchers - Coffey, Salmon, Burton, Coutlangus, McBeth, Medlock, Guevara, Pelland, Bray, maybe even Bailey. Mike Stanton's near/at the end of his rope. If he can't pitch well for you in the here and now, then he's got no point. This season is over. There's no point in pretending otherwise. The Reds are going nowhere fast in 2007.
As such, it seems like the easy thing to do would be do figure which young arms could be relied upon in the future rather than continue to ride the nags who took you down in the first place.
For the past year I've been stunned by what the franchise has done in the name of fixing the bullpen. It hasn't worked and it was rather predictable that would be the case. I imagine many of us are at the point where all we can do is shake our heads and point out that it's up to the Reds to stop poking themselves in the eyes with a sharp stick. It would be the easier thing to do.