Originally Posted by 757690
Yes he would, but the Brewers had to give up three good prospects, to get Scott Linebrick who had lost his job to Bell. The Red Sox traded their #4 starter and two top ten prospects to get Gagne. Bell would have been very, very expensive, and not worth it in the long run.
Anybody who wins or saves games is in the end worth what you pay for them, especially in a mediocre division like the NL Central. For all their struggles this year the Reds were 1 reliable 8th inning pitcher from being a divisional contender.
Even if they had gotten such a guy as late as the AllStar break, they probably would be even with or ahead of the Cardinals right now which means with all the games the Reds have remaining with the Brewers and Cubs, they still would have had a shot.
The problem lies in having the 20-20 foresight to know who the winners and savers are going to be.