Originally Posted by MikeS21
The one thing I hope DOESN'T happen is that Jocketty convinces Cast and Kriv to mortgage the future in order to secure a starting pitcher.
I want to see what we have in Cueto, Votto, and Bruce before we start dealing them away. I know he's just a prospect, but if Cueto has a mid-90's fastball, a better-than-average slider, and a Mario Soto-like change-up, it seems that we would prefer 6-7 years of him than a short-term rental of a pitcher who really isn't as good of talent.
Amen. The Reds should be able to get a mid-rotation starter for a package built around EdE, Maloney and Stubbs. Add throw ins like Coutlangus, Francisco or Valaika if need be, but I wouldn't deal Bailey, Cueto, Bruce and only Votto if absolutely necessary. If that isn't good enough, I'd get a stop gap like Leiber for a year or two with the idea of flipping him when the kids are ready. Let other teams get held up for prospects in exchange for rent-a-players.