Re: A last appeal for Reds management to do SOMETHING
OK, so in addition to the Irrational Dunn Haters vs. Irrational Dunn Lovers, we've now got ourselves a very special Limited Time Irrational DO SOMETHING/ANYTHING vs. Irrational Stand Pat dichotomy here at our beloved RedsZone.
Can't we just agree that there are some people in life who are stuck with this hyperactive, overstimulated Videogame Mentality, where it is not only possible, but PREFERABLE, to take any sort of random action rather than assess the actual value of that action and deem it inferior to doing nothing? And then, on the other side, can't we just agree that some people are boring and fear all change? And then shut up about it, because neither one of those two diametrically opposed sides is right, nor paying attention to the simple matter of what the Reds are actually doing?
I mean, christ, how hard is it to wrap your head around the notion that the Reds would trade almost anyone, but only if it makes the team better? That's what they're saying, that's what they're doing, and that's neither a mad dash to act nor a stubborn unwillingness to act. It's common sense.
I don't necessarily see a whole lot of value in standing pat because it gives us our best chance of continuing to win ballgames in 2008, but the truth is the "yard sale/lamp-in-the-trash" analogy is fatally flawed because this isn't "trash" we're talking about dumping. These are members of our 25 man roster who (with the possible exception of Patterson) are all deserving of their spots and superior to any in-house options we have in terms of playing time. So where are we "throwing them in the trash" if they're still here after deadline? We're putting them right back on the coffee table and continuing to use them until such time as we are not legally permitted to do so. Which beats living in a candle-illuminated house for the rest of the year, which is really what you're proposing if you just give away any member of this team for a less-than-prospect.
Also: if we do eventually have to leave our players out at curbside at the end of the year, I've yet to see the trash pick-up company that leaves you sweet, sweet draft picks behind when they come by to haul away the garbage. So that's something to consider, too.
Nobody's averse to sending our players packing if we get something for them, least of all the Reds' front office. But if that's not the kind of offers we're getting, then please explain what sense there is in making a deal that makes somebody else's team better and makes ours worse? Believe it or not, and like it or not, but that's exactly what would probably happen if we just shuttled your Griffeys or Weathers or Anybody-Not-Named-Patterson out of town at this point.