Re: Reds at Winter Meetings
Let's be realistic and set our sights on the Capuano's, Blanton's, and Harden's of the baseball world. I just can't see the Reds being able to play with the big boys just yet in terms of going out and getting a Bedard, Haren, Lincecum, or even Willis. In fact, I'd prefer Krivsky set his sights on someone like the first three I mentioned because when you couple their potential with the players that would likely go back the other way, they give you the best chance to come out ahead.
Capuano sounds like he can be had for a bullpen arm and a prospect (Weathers/Bray + a B prospect like Maloney?) and Blanton seems to be an after thought with everyone shooting for Haren. Either way, Beane won't be taken but he'd cost less. Harden actually is the most intriguing to me because even though he's got a poor health track record, when he's right he's top shelf. Other clubs might be scared off and Beane may just be looking to get what he can for him so I'd see what the price tag is and go from there. Either way, I'd really like to avoid moving Bruce, Cueto and EE but I'd listen on Votto and Bailey if the return was good enough.
"It's still a long way to the top if we want to rock'n'roll, but at least they dumped the tuba player."