Originally Posted by Red Leader
You're right those were bad deals, but I still don't see how you can be excited about giving up B.J. Ryan an absolute freaking stud closer for 8-9 games of Guzman. IMO, that deal is just as bad as the two you mentioned above. The only difference is that Liriano and Kazmir are starters, not relievers.
What I'm saying is that it's all well and good to say that now, but at the time the deal made sense. In the cases of AJ and Zambrano, neither deal even helped the team that much AND they gave up good prospects. In our case, the deal definitely did help us. Sure, in hindsight it might not look so good, but that's why prospects are called prospects: sometimes they DO pan out. It took Ryan a pretty long time to turn into a stud closer and who knows if he would have done so were he still with the Reds.