Originally Posted by membengal
I simply refuse to accept that foisting horrible baseball on the team and fanbase to save a few dollars and hold back a guy that was clearly ready to help this team be better than it has been was worth it. I just don't.
This whole things hasn't been about money. Jock made a good point on that, as they have carried Cueto all year, not worrying about his "Super 2" status.
mem, if you truly believe this wasn't about money then I've got a lot of things I can sell ya right now.
Cueto was brought north with the club immediately because of a few different factors, namely A) he was dominant in spring training, and B) the Reds were lacking starting pitching options given Belisle's injury and Bailey uhhhh ... fill in the blank here.
If the Reds were in a situation in spring training where they were lacking outfielders and Bruce was dominating, then yes he'd have been brought north with the club, same as Cueto, and there wouldn't have been anything wrong with that decision. But neither of those happened, and while myself and many others don't give a rats tail about spring training stats, it's obvious that in Reds land spring training stats are used as a Dustification for making the roster. And I know how you feel about Corey Patterson, because I feel the same way, but even without Patterson the Reds could easily have played Freel regularly in center field. The Reds simply weren't lacking in outfielders the way they were with starting pitchers in spring training.
Also, remember this: Bruce struggled very early in the season down in Louisville. It's difficult to remember, but his first two weeks or so weren't all that great. Then he caught fire in late April and got even hotter once May began. That's when the cat calls to get Bruce up starting get loud, and by that point the amount of time until he was going to clear Super Two status was just a couple weeks.
Once the team was committed to keeping Bruce in Louisville through April, then there's zero reason whatsoever not to hold out an additional few weeks to get through the Super Two date. I'll put it to you this way: if less than a month of Jay Bruce is worth $6+ million, then what's a full season of Adam Dunn worth?