Originally Posted by Jay Bruce
Arroyo for Reyes and Escobar was a horrible trade offer that would have vastly undersold Arroyo. He makes 26.45 mllion over the next 3 years, which is a bargain for the current pitching market. Why trade that for a pitcher with mid-rotation upside and a 24 (25 in November) year old shortshop who is likly going to have to play second or third, and doesn't have the power to be a huge asset at third. That trade is just a bad use of resources for the Reds. Arroyo may have a crappy game once in a while, but he is still an above average pitcher locked up to a below market contract.
You wouldn't trade a third starter at below market value for a utility infielder and a AAAA arm?
I commend your excellent post, JB. Reyes is no great shakes and I am very surprised Escobar was not used as part of a package so that the Braves could continue their decade-and-a-half trend of fleecing every other MLB team for their prospects (Jason Schmidt and Jermaine Dye the only exceptions).
Of course, if Pete Mac is going to keep "Narroning" Arroyo out there for 125 pitches, we may as well trade him for a crate of rotten tomatoes, because they will likely pitch just as well.