Originally Posted by REDREAD
Sure, no team truly gives up.
I'm sure the Pirates are crossing their fingers and hoping for the best too.
I just see the Hamilton trade as a clear sign that Wayne decided he just wasn't going to get it done this year.
Again, perhaps when he brought Dusty and Cordero on board, he was looking at 2009 or 2010, and we just got overly excited.
IMO, we are out of the Bedard race. From what we read, Baltimore wants 3-4 prospects, and Wayne is only willing to give up one. That pretty much takes us out of it.
Some other team will be able to top our offer of Homer easily (or whichever one prospect we are willing to deal).
I'm not sure that you can condense an organization who needs to improve in a large measure into reading any single move into "we're going for it," "we're not going for it," dichotomy.
It seems to me that a team that is in the Reds' state is correctly applying the "how do you eat an elephant" strategy, which is what signing your manager, filling a very important vacant closer slot, and bringing a potential major league ready starting arm on board in a risk management move.
After each move, they should be able to say, "ok, that move made us better in an area we needed to get better and what we lost is replaceable and/or available."