Originally Posted by Sea Ray
I see it that way too but one thing does trouble me. Let's say the Reds trade Bailey to the Dodgers for Matt Kemp. Aren't they just reversing what they did by trading Hamilton to Texas?
The difference is Volquez is ready now, and contributing. Bailey's still developing in AAA.
I see it like this.... Volquez (now) > Bailey (now) ..... Kemp (now) > Hamilton (now)
It's very possible that Bailey could be better than Volquez in the future, and it's very possible that Hamilton could be better than Kemp in the future, but if we're playing for now (as Cast has stated), then turning Bailey and Hamilton into Volquez and Kemp help that goal.