Re: Kearns on the block
rah rah ri.
I'd rather take a practical look at the health of the organization and develop a realistic plan around the assets and liabilities that currently exist. Sure there's an outside chance the Reds can contend for the balance of this season. At what long term cost?
To me, this team is perfectly poised to really go for the gusto in 2008. The core team is the right age. The 2008 season should be a year that some bad contracts come off the books, or so. There is some promising pitching beginning to creep up the org charts (yeah, I know we've been there before). To move some of that young core for marginal improvements in the really bad area (bullpen, pitching in general) will do neither [contend now, or then]. The ability to contend before 2008 should not be the carrot; It should be a happy coincidence.
If whatever move they make doesn't dramatically detract from this teams 2-3 year projectable peak window, then sure. Go for it this year.