Originally Posted by dougdirt
I honestly think we could package some of our prospects together to net a very good return. Todd Frazier, Chris Valaika, Neftali Soto, Juan Francisco, Josh Roenicke, Pedro Viola, Carlos Fisher, Drew Stubbs, Kyle Lotzkar, Danny Dorn, Daryl Thompson, Homer Bailey, Matt Maloney..... I think if you took almost any of those three guys and put them together in a package (ie: Frazier, Francisco and Roenicke) that you could get a very solid return back for that. If its for a high salary guy from a team looking to shed some salary, then you can take someone away. I don't think there are any untouchables in our farm system right now. We have a whole lot to offer and we can package some guys together and not lose much depth at all either. Now not all of those guys can help from the start next year, but I think by Midseason Frazier, Valaika, Roenicke, Viola (if sent to the pen, although the Reds are going to look at him as a starter next year), Fisher, Stubbs, Thompson, Bailey, Maloney and Dorn could all be able to play in the majors.
Maybe I am crazy though, but I think we could land a very good player with a pacakge of three of those guys, if not less depending on the player and why the team is trading him.
I am not one to ask your opinion and then turn around and to think that you or others are wrong or crazy on here. More often than not I will just assume that I have overlooked something or was just unaware, sometimes either ideas can work out regardless of who’s idea with all the variables, what if’s and unknowns that remain to be manifested.
My only counter thought is, a minor “yeah but“, we are still doing a bit of hopeful reach that another team would give up a solid single player return for faster track prospects that may be one to two years away, other than the minor league pitching that can step up now.
Since those minor league prospects are future major leaguers regulars/or backups and they also appear to be position players and relief pitchers that the Reds will/might need, won’t the Reds themselves be better off holding on to those guys while they grow and develop for another year or two, using them then for replacements or possible upgrades that they themselves will need? Granted some of them are very encouraging and appear to be on a fast track. There is always the money side to, those guys will not cost much on the payroll.
Just guessing here, but if,
Assuming that the Reds want to go younger to stay out of the financial pit falls or quagmires associated with risks and financial constraints.
That brings me back to the Reds starting pitching or relief pitchers which they are short on now and need to give the team a chance to perform well. I am almost coming back to the thought that the Reds will need to stand pat, while trying to sign some lower level free agents to fill the gaps until 2010 or 2011 unless Jocketty could pull off a Oakland/Florida/Tampa type deal and get a large return for some of his pitching which leads me to favor unloading decent pitchers with high contracts to get the large return and to have the cash flow or additional flexibility saved by moving them to purchase other needs that cost more at the same time.