Re: What does the Jocketty hire mean for the Farm System?
The problem is what you are describing is a very limited number of teams and some pitchers you'd hardly want anyway--Lowry or Correia, for instance. Do you really want to give up Maloney for a cut-above guy like Gorzellany and also send on a bunch of players to strengthen a team in your division? I don't see any advantage in any of the deals proposed; I sure don't want to pay Chavez's salary plus give up a boatload of talent to get Blanton. The problem remains that any middle of the rotation guy good enough to really help us--or practically any other team--is also going to be so valuable to his own team, and so nearly irreplaceable, that they're not going to deal him. I continue to think the best course for the Reds is to stick with the talented young kids we have and perhaps to sign one of the free agents if you can get him on a short contract--no more than 2 years.