Re: The Value of our 2007 Cincinnati Reds
This is precisely why we can't simply just dump Jr for a B prospect if we expect to contend next year. For all his warts, he was our 3rd best position player.. Although Josh was a close 4th and may surpass him next year.
Dumping Jr frees up money, but there's not a lot of FA's that can be had for Jr's money.
So, we are back to trading for talent.
Maybe we could find some small market willing to trade someone getting pricey in arb,
but that costs prized prospects.. I'm not opposed to doing that, but trading Jr for nothing really does nothing to help us win next year, unless we are willing to go all out and sell prospects. It's pretty clear the team wants to win next year. It's not clear if they are willing to trade prospects to do so. Thus, I see Jr staying.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!