Originally Posted by M2
The Reds are too thin for my tastes to rank them in the top 5 (I'm sure they might rank there in some circles, but depth often succeeds where glitz fails).
As for the last sentence, like any team the Reds had better be pulling in players from numerous precincts if they want to be a winning franchise. More specifically, if the Reds are going to attempt to go for it solely with what's in house, then I expect more 90-loss seasons in their immediate future.
With any feeder system, you need to choose who's part of the foundation and who can get you what you need to fill in around that foundation. They aren't all going to pan out and getting ahead of that curve is critical for a team with limited resources. Some top prospects should be dealt. It's just a matter of figuring out which ones.
Oh, I surely didn't mean that was the only place the Reds would be getting talent. No one can build like that and win like you said. As for figuring out which prospects to trade, I would trade Votto before any of the other 'big 4' and its not really close.