Re: Jocketty remains quiet about trade plans
Frankly, I don't care which path the Reds take to success. The bottom line is that our financial situation does not preclude success (as evidenced many times over) and the Reds have not described nor demonstrated any approach which has worked for comparably funded teams.
Put quite simply: It can be done, but the Reds aren't doing it.
There is no path to success which includes botching 90% of your first round picks, developing just one impact (above average) player in the course of a decade, failing to capitalize on your best assets in the trade market, and overpaying mediocre players via extensions and free agent contracts.
The Reds have done a few more things right in the last 2-3 years than they had in the prior 10, but it's hardly enough. The Reds need to accelerate their rate of organizational improvement or they will never catch up. Jocketty's actions in the next 8 months should tell us a whole bunch about where this organization is headed.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Last edited by RedsManRick; 07-09-2008 at 08:52 PM.