Re: Freel traded for Ramon Hernandez
A few observations
Not thrilled that the Reds gave up Turner in this deal, I liked him very much as a future Red. And Waring, who wasn't very hyped this year, also had value.
Still, hard to imagine the O's would have made the trade straight up for Freel.
Reds strength these days is in the minor leaguers, the prospects, so I'd expect them to play a big role in any trades this off season. Reds don't have a lot of major league talent to trade.
Economics obviously had a big role. Reds probably gave up more talent because they received money to offset the salary difference.
Not too many starting catchers out there for trade. This was a tough find for the Reds, to fill an obvious hole. And they paid a price giving up two pretty good prospects.