Originally Posted by membengal
I have been plenty vocal elsewhere about my displeasure about how the whole thing went down with Bruce. It became apparent VERY quickly into April that this team was being hurt by not having him up. Certainly by late April it was clear.
IF it was money (and I certainly accept that was probably it), then I remain in firm disagreement with the club on that. Damaging yet another season and inflicting more active trauma in the form of CP in center and leading off and Jr. in RF and waving at balls not hit right at him on a fanbase already in long-term therapy for PTSD was dumb. Flat-line dumb. All-time dumb.
Cast wants to know where the fans are? They are at home, trying to make the lambs stop their screaming. They open their eyes after their latest therapy, see C Patt willie mays hayes another pop up to short lf, and the lambs start their screaming all over again.
But, hey, sure, if it saved the Reds a few million down the road, that was probably worth it, right?
Or, not. I stay with "not".
Well is it worth it if the millions the Reds save are applied to a long-term deal for Adam Dunn?
Here, I'll put a condition on my stance: if the Reds give Adam Dunn away in a trade or let him walk for draft picks, then I'll side with your stance. But if the Reds ink Adam Dunn to a long-term deal, you better bet that a good portion of Dunn's 2011 salary will be the chunk the Reds will be saving on Jay Bruce that season.
One of the primary factors that goes into a decision on when to call a Jay Bruce up is laying out the budget in future seasons. You can't just start throwing money around today that is earmarked for three or four seasons in the future just to satisfy a very short term gain right now of only a few weeks. Those are serious financial blunders, ones in which an intelligent organization does not make. The Reds - or more accurately, Wayne Krivsky - made a number of stupid financial decisions, including Corey Patterson, but that doesn't mean they should continue to make stupid financial decisions.
At some point sound financial decision-making is going to have to start happening on a regular basis, and hopefully this is a sign that this is what we're going to get from Jocketty. Walt's not merely molding the team for the remainder of 2008; he's going to be making decisions that set the foundation for 2009 and beyond ... even up to and beyond the 2011 season. These decisions are going to have to be smart decisions, and blowing $6+ million in 2011 for two weeks of Jay Bruce this season just isn't a sound financial decision.