Originally Posted by RedEye
I guess I just think we should have brought up the kids earlier rather than trading for Cormier, Maj and Bray.
Bingo. I think making a move for an arm or two last year was ok and appropriate. WK brought in Guardado, Maj, Bray, Cormier, Schoeneweiss, Franklin, Kim, Johnson, etc. Never gave any shot to some pretty well performing resources in the minors (Salmon, Shafer, Coutlangus to name 3). It seems these guys could have been tried before so many resources were expended on retreads. It may have laid a better foundation for the off-season and avoided the mess we've witnessed now. I might have even made the awful trade in some similar form with the idea that young arms coud shape the future, but more quality and less quantity was needed there. The extension for Cormier was just an abysmal idea and Germano seemed no big loss at the time, but his absence lead to the Lizard abuse and the desperate moves for Jason Johnson and whichever Kim they ended up with last year (Sun Woo I think).